Widely regarded as one of the country’s foremost investigative journalists, Michael Usher is an award-winning reporter, foreign correspondent and newsreader with a career spanning almost three decades.
He presents Sydney’s Seven News on Fridays and Saturdays.
Michael joined the Seven News team in October this year after a distinguished 25 years with the Nine Network.
During this time he has covered some of the biggest news events in recent history, including the September 11 attacks, bombings in London and Madrid, the War in Iraq, the Beslan school siege, the death of Pope John Paul II, the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster and the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
An experienced war correspondent, Michael has covered multiple conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other career highlights include climbing to Mt Everest Base Camp, reporting from Greenland and the Arctic Circle, trekking through jungles and the world’s hottest deserts, as well as covering five Olympic and four Commonwealth Games.
Michael began his career in 1990 as a cadet journalist at Golden West Network (GWN) in Western Australia. After postings in Bunbury and Kalgoorlie, he joined Perth’s Nine Network.
In 1993, Michael made the move to Sydney where he joined the Nine Network news team. He became their Olympics reporter, leading coverage of the 2000 Sydney Games.
In 2001, Michael was assigned to the network’s US Bureau as a correspondent and three-years later moved to the London Bureau covering Europe and the Middle East.
After five years living and working overseas, Michael returned to Australia to present Nightline for two years before joining Nine’s 60 Minutes.
Michael was a 2014 Walkley Award finalist for his investigation into the unsolved murder of two nurses at Toowoomba. He also received a Walkley commendation for his reporting of the Grantham flood tragedy in 2011, and was honoured by the Society of Environmental Journalists for his investigation into the ongoing effects of the 2010 BP oil spill.
This year he has been nominated in Australia’s top journalism awards, the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, for his exclusive interview with the parents of missing toddler William Tyrrell.
Off screen, Michael is a proud father and dedicated ambassador of Feel The Magic, a national not-for-profit organisation that runs the country’s leading grief education and support program for children and teenagers following a significant loss.
He lives in Sydney with his three young children, who are beyond thrilled that ‘dad gets to work with the Cash Cow’.