Liam Bartlett

Award-winning Broadcaster, Journalist, Keynote Speaker & MC

Liam Bartlett is one of Perth’s foremost investigative reporters. He has presented 60 Minutes and anchored the news for Channel Nine in Perth, hosted The 7.30 Report for ABC TV (WA), and reported from the Melbourne bureau of A Current Affair.

An articulate, highly polished keynote speaker, Liam provides a fascinating insight into the hidden world of journalism in a presentation titled ’60 Minutes of Fear, Fame and Fun.’ He is also an entertaining MC who is regularly engaged to host corporate and government awards, conferences, seminars and forums.

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Liam Bartlett has spent almost 30 years working in Australian media across all three major platforms – television, radio and print. Indeed for six years, when Liam hosted the ABC’s flagship statewide morning current affairs program, it became the only Morning Program in the ABC’s Australian network that consistently out-rated its commercial opposition, a record that still stands today.

Liam is best known however, to national audiences as the journalist who was asked to join the Nine Network’s most prestigious current affairs program, 60 Minutes – following the death of stalwart Richard Carlton. For almost seven years he lived mostly out of a suitcase, gathering interviews and information from scores of international destinations in what can only be described as the best ride any foreign correspondent could ask for.

His first assignment was the Israeli-Hezbollah war in 2006 and after dodging incoming Katyusha rockets in Israel and being bombed in Beirut, the baptism of fire was complete. Since then he has covered war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Ossetia and Syria. In less risky parts of the world he has been tear-gassed on the West Bank, stoned by a mob in Nigeria and lost in the middle of the Congo. He has felt many emotions, including extreme claustrophobia in the tunnels of Gaza, extreme discomfort being licked by a large Alaskan black bear and extremely bruised after a serious car crash in Siberia. Respected by his peers for covering stories that others don’t want to do, Liam has ignored strenuous advice from an Australian prime minister to ‘stay away’, inadvertently taken the wrong advice and been bitten by a deadly snake as a result and wished he’d had better advice before helping to raid the nest of a three metre mother crocodile!

On a more positive note, Liam has enjoyed several pints with Tom Jones and a heap of laughs with Billy Crystal. Spending time with Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jack Black and Dame Helen Mirren wasn’t half bad either.

In 2012, Liam left 60 Minutes to spend more time with his then school-aged children. He accepted an opportunity to help set-up a global creative development department and worked as an expat with Shell International in London for two years – before returning home to rejoin the Nine Network in Perth in January 2015 as a news presenter. He was asked to return to 60 Minutes on a full time basis at the end of 2016.

Liam has also experienced life on the inside of the national political process, being the only independent candidate in Western Australia elected to attend the historic Constitutional Convention in Canberra.

Liam Bartlett’s talents have been recognised with several awards, among them the 2013 Bronze World Medal – New York Film and Television Awards for best investigative report: ‘The Carbon Cowboy’ and the 2005 Australian Journalists’ Association W.A. Best Radio Story. In 2001, Liam was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study investigative journalism techniques and trends in major media organisations around the world. The subsequent documentary that he produced earned international recognition with a ‘Grand Prize’ at the New York Radio Festival Awards in 2003.

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