Mike Willesee
Mike Willesee

Veteran journalist, presenter and producer Mike Willesee joined Sunday Night in his return to television in 2012.

His first coup for Channel 7's flagship program was a one-on-one interview with the embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard where the Prime Minister rejected the need for a caucus showdown with Kevin Rudd.

Since then, he's brought us the stories of a young Australian woman languishing in a Peru jail, the suspicious deaths of two women in the company of one man, and controversial shock jock Kyle Sandilands.

More recent stories have included a look at the secret lives of serial killers and an in-depth report on members of the Bali Nine.

Willesee dominated Australian television current affairs for over 40 years setting an industry standard that few were able to match.

On programs such as, This Day Tonight, Four Corners, and A Current Affair, Willesee proved himself to be a consummate television reporter, interviewer, presenter and executive producer.

His 'birthday cake' interview with former opposition leader John Hewson on the GST was widely credited with changing the course of the 1993 federal election.

With a face and voice as familiar to Australians as any celebrity, in 2002 Willesee received one of television’s highest accolades when he was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame.

Also, a successful documentary maker, Willesee was the presenter and executive producer of numerous programs including the award winning Quentin; Streets of New York; Signs from God, Science, Tests Faith; The Last Warriors and the documentary on Sallie-Anne for the Seven Network.

Signs from God was watched by over 28 million people in the US alone.

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