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Maxine McKew

Walkley and Logie Award winning journalist Maxine McKew, is one of Australia’s most experienced and authoritative interviewers.Maxine's career spans both politics and journalism. At the 2007 federal election she won a...

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Maxine McKew's Biography

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


Maxine's career spans both politics and journalism. At the 2007 federal election she won a spectacular victory against John Howard and wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a Prime Minister in his constituency seat. She was immediately elevated to the executive and served as Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood, and later as Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government.

Before making the switch to politics, Maxine had a thirty-year career as a broadcast and print journalist. Her hosting of Lateline in the mid 1990's, and later, as the part-time anchor of The 7.30 Report, earned her a reputation as one of the country's most authoritative interviewers. During this time she interviewed a host of international figures, among them Tony Blair, Madelyn Albright, Richard Armitage, Fidel Ramos and Sir Julius Chan.

Over the past five years, Maxine’s weekly column in The Bulletin, “Lunch with Maxine McKew”, produced candid conversations and new breaking stories with Australia’s policy makers. In 2003, the Magazine Publishers Association voted her Columnist of the Year.

Maxine is a Vice Chancellor's Fellow with the University of Melbourne and works as an advisor on education for the not for profit group Social Ventures Australia. She is also involved in a range of voluntary activities, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Macquarie University's School of Advanced Medicine and is an ambassador for Alzheimer's Australia.

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