Celebrity available for hire, based in Victoria
After fourty years globe-trotting for television programs like Nine’s 60 Minutes, the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and now, SBS TV’s Dateline, George Negus is regarded as Australia’s iconic international journalist.
But it all began in his home State of Queensland where as a schoolboy, he played inter-State cricket and was junior soccer ball-juggling champion. After teachers college and studying Arts at the University of Queensland, George taught high school Maths and English in Brisbane schools and in the UK.
Armed with a Diploma in Journalism, his media career commenced at twenty eight with The Australian newspaper, moving to its Canberra bureau, later, the Australian Financial Review and onto television current affairs, via the ABC’s “This Day Tonight” and a decade with Channel Nine’s historically successful “Sixty Minutes.”
He has interviewed a myriad of national and international figures, most recently billionaire political activist George Soros on “cowboy capitalism,” James Wolfensen on the role of the World Bank, Richard Branson on politics and philanthropy and Al Gore on climate change. His recent overseas assignments have included Pakistan to interview Imran Khan, Canada to discuss Iraq and Iran with General Wesley Clark, the Arctic Circle to discover how far the tentacles of the US sub-prime loan crisis has spread and the Middle East to interview Israeli President, Shimon Peres.
Speaking, facilitating, hosting and consulting
George is a sought after speaker and facilitator for his warmly delivered, articulate and incisive insights into Australian political and social affairs. As well, his international perspective is drawn from globe-trotting journalism which has taken him over 30 years into far flung corners -- from Belize to Berlin observing most world cultures and their defining economic, political and human idiosyncrasies.
These years of daily public and international observation, interviewing, reading and listening contributes well to everyday and big picture management and business dilemmas.
Senior management are comfortable with George and their staff, usually keen to hear what he has to say or at least prodded into thinking a little differently about various issues affecting their jobs and work environments and clients.