Alex Cullen has been a reporter and presenter with the 7 Network’s flagship public affairs program Sunday Night since April 2010.
Alex has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars, and covered some of the world’s biggest news, current affairs and sporting events travelling to all corners of the globe from Vanuatu to Alaska, Vietnam to Cuba. Alex rates covering the Japan tsunami in 2011 as one of his toughest assignments yet. He was one of the first on the ground and one of the last to leave despite warnings to evacuate after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
Alex has been a journalist for the last 16 years covering such diverse stories as Doomsday Soldiers in Alaska, the last of the pygmy elephants in Borneo, the Christchurch earthquake, China’s abandoned children, the world’s deadliest sinkholes, Vietnam’s illegal bear-bile trade, the world’s most dangerous downhill bike race in Chile and a story much closer to home for Alex, the worst drought in Australia’s history which involved his family on their farm at Coonamble in north-west NSW.
Alex enjoys sitting down with some of the world’s biggest stars and ‘just having a yarn’ as he calls it. Alex has been lucky enough to interview music royalty such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Nicks, Jon Bon Jovi, Andrea Bocelli, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell and Australia’s own Jimmy Barnes. He’s also chatted with some of the stars of the screen including the legendary Shirley Maclaine, Rowan Atkinson, Ricky Gervais, Mark Wahlberg, Jackie Chan and former supermodel Jerry Hall.
Before joining the Sunday Night team, Alex was Sports Anchor for Channel 7 Sydney’s top rating 6pm news bulletin working alongside the late Ian Ross and Chris Bath. He was also news reader for 7’s national 11.30am and 4.30pm bulletins and regularly sat in the chair for 7’s late night news updates. Alex has spent his career jumping between news and sport reporting demonstrating his ability to cover and excel at all different aspects of broadcast journalism. In between stories with Sunday Night, Alex has also filled in on weekday editions of Sunrise presenting sport and weather. Alex is also a regular blogger for the Sunday Night website and has had articles published in some of Australia’s most popular publications.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Communications degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst in 2002, Alex began his career as a casual news reader at the ABC’s Central West radio station before becoming an announcer at 2BS in Bathurst. He then moved to Sydney for a short time to work as a reporter with Sydney’s highest rating talkback radio station 2GB.
In 2004, Alex then decided to try his hand at TV reporting and scored a job with Prime News in Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina.
He then moved to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia where he covered an area of more than 750,000 square kilometres filing two stories every day for the state-wide news program Golden West News on GWN7. In 2005 he became weekly sport presenter and in 2006 he joined the 7 News team in Perth as a news and sport reporter. A year later, Alex moved back to Sydney as a sport producer on Australia’s most popular breakfast television program, Sunrise.
Alex was soon back on the road reporting for 7 News in Sydney and began presenting the weekly 7 News sport bulletin in 2009, joining Sunday Night a year later.
When Alex isn’t on the road he’s on the beach with his wife Bonnie in Sydney, at their farm in the NSW Central West, catching up with mates for a beer or playing his guitar.
Alex is passionate about rural and indigenous affairs, anything to do with sport, the protection of endangered animals and the environment and of course his music. He is also an ambassador for the Charlie Teo Foundation dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer after Alex’s father Tom lost his two- year battle with the disease in February 2018. Alex has also raised tens of thousands of dollars for his chosen charities through his annual participation in Sydney’s City2Surf including the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.