Alex Cullen has been reporting for the Seven Network’s flagship public affairs program Sunday Night since April 2010.
He 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 considers 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 and more recently a story very close to home for Alex, the worst drought in Australia’s history which involved his family on their farm at Coonamble in north-west NSW.
He enjoys sitting down with some of the world’s biggest stars and ‘just having a yarn’ as he calls it. He 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 stage and screen including the legendary Shirley Maclaine, Ricky Gervais, Mark Wahlberg, Julie Andrews, Rowan Atkinson, Jackie Chan and former supermodel Jerry Hall.
Before moving to Sunday Night, Alex was Sports Anchor for Sydney’s 7 News bulletin working alongside the late Ian Ross and Chris Bath. He was also newsreader for Seven’s national 11.30am and 4.30pm bulletins and the late night 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. He is a regular blogger for the Sunday Night website and has had articles published in some of Australia’s most popular publications.
After graduating from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst in 2002, Alex began his career in radio at the ABC in Orange, 2BS in Bathurst and Sydney’s highest rating radio station 2GB. In 2004 he began his career in TV with Prime News in Wagga Wagga.
Alex then spent three years in Western Australia with GWN in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury and 7 News in Perth. He moved to Sydney as sport producer for Australia’s most popular breakfast program, Sunrise. He was soon back on the road reporting for 7 News in Sydney and began presenting the weekly sport in 2009, joining Sunday Night a year later. Alex calls it his dream job, travelling Australia and the world covering the stories that matter.
Alex’s parents still live on the wheat and cattle property he grew up on at Coonamble and he gets back to the farm whenever he can. He always gets back to help with harvest and any other jobs his father needs doing which keeps his feet firmly on the ground.
When Alex isn’t on the road he’s on the beach at Maroubra, running and trying to keep fit, catching up with mates for a beer or playing his guitar.
He is passionate about rural and indigenous affairs, human rights, the protection of endangered animals and the environment and of course his music. He’s been a tireless ambassador the National Breast Cancer Foundation and is now a national ambassador for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation after Alex’s father Tom was recently diagnosed with the disease. Alex has also worked on projects with Camp Quality, caring for kids with cancer.
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