Robert Ovadia is Seven’s Walkley-Award winning Sydney crime reporter, and joined 7News just after the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Upon completing studies in Communications and French at Macquarie University, Robert began his reporting career in 1994, working in Wagga Wagga.
Following an 18-month stint in regional television, a period he cherishes, Robert became a founding member of Sky News Australia, before accepting an offer of a senior reporting job with the Channel Ten in Melbourne.
In 1999, Robert seized an opportunity to work with the Associated Press in London. Work and travel took him through Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia.
On his return to Sydney, Robert produced and reported for the Seven’s live coverage of the 2002 Sydney bushfire crisis and the Iraq war, before being promoted to the coveted crime reporting position in late 2003.
Robert has a reputation for toughness and integrity. He has gone on to break an extraordinary number of major stories and is among the most widely respected in his field by colleagues, politicians and police alike.
Career highlights include working 39 hours non-stop during the Macquarie Fields riots, coverage of the Cronulla riots, gang wars in south-western Sydney, covering the executions of the Bali bombers as Seven's correspondent in Indonesia, Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires and, most recently, the outbreak of bikie warfare across Sydney.
Robert has an extensive network of contacts of those who make the laws, break the laws and enforce them. He has been at the centre of many futile investigations to uncover how he has been able to source information that led to major exclusives. Those sources have never been revealed.
In 2008, Robert won the most prestigious award the industry can offer, a Walkley, for breaking the Iguanagate scandal that remained national headline news for six weeks.