Nick McKenzie

Investigative Journalist, The Age / The Sydney Morning Herald

A sixteen time winner of the Walkley Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, and four time Australian Journalist of the Year, Nick McKenzie is a leading Australian investigative journalist who works for newspapers Melbourne’s The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He’s also presented major investigations for the ABC's Four Corners and 7:30, 60 Minutes and the Australian Financial Review. With 20 years’ experience, Nick’s investigations span foreign affairs, defence and national security, corporate wrongdoing, politics, organised crime and corruption, the criminal justice system and social affairs. His work has sparked many national and state inquires, including Royal Commissions and parliamentary inquiries, prompted investigations in Australia, the US and Britain into corruption and led to significant legislative change. 

Nick has led ground breaking investigations into political corruption that have led to the resignation of state and federal MPs and has also exposed war crimes involving Australian special forces. He’s conducted an unprecedented infiltration of Australia’s neo-nazi movement, revealed a major corruption scandal within Australia’s central bank, exposed organised crime in Australia’s biggest casinos and revealed doping in elite sport. 

Nick is passionate about giving vulnerable people a voice. He works closely with whistleblowers and is an advocate for better laws to protect their critical role exposing corruption and wrongdoing. He’s helped victims of sexual abuse in disability homes, soldiers with PTSD, and victims of human trafficking and police brutality to tell their stories to national audiences. Whistleblowers have worked with Nick to expose corruption, abuse scandals or other failings in political parties, the defence force, the Catholic church, the health system and law enforcement agencies.