Maxine McKew

Former Current Affairs Television Host

Walkley and Logie Award winning journalist Maxine McKew is one of Australia’s most experienced and authoritative interviewers.

She was an alternative anchor for the ABC’s national 7.30 Report, Maxine was also a regular writer for the Bulletin Magazine with her weekly feature Lunch with Maxine McKew. Focusing on candid conversations with Australia's thinkers and doers, Maxine's feature has established itself as a lively 'must read'.

Maxine McKew established her prominence as a political/social affairs interviewer on ABC Television’s prestigious Lateline Program where she interviewed a host of international figures which included Madeleine Albright, Tony Blair, Fidel Ramos, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Shimon Peres and William Cohen.

With a 20 year background in all aspects of television reporting Maxine McKew has worked in many parts of the world, including a posting to Washington DC in the 1980’s as political correspondent for the ABC. This was followed by an appointment to the Ten Network based in the New York bureau.

In the 2007 Australian federal election, Maxine ran as a Labor candidate and was elected as the member for the seat of Bennelong. In doing so, she deposed the sitting member, Prime minister John Howard.

A member of the Women’s Advisory Group to the National Breast Cancer Centre, Maxine is also the National Patron for Osteoporosis Australia.

With her professional approach and personal charm, Maxine McKew is in demand as a discussion facilitator and MC for industry and corporate events.

Client testimonials

Brilliant - Topical, entertaining and frank. Very interesting, thought provoking and relevant.

Public Service and Merit Protection Commission.

Maxine McKew chaired a quite challenging question session - and was able to 'draw out' our speaker very well.

Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW Division

Maxine was a great asset to our conference and particularly as facilitator of the debate.

Insolvency Trustees Service Australia