Since joining Nine News in 2000, Brett McLeod has covered stories taking him from the Iraq War to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Melbourne born and bred, Brett graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies. He joined Melbourne's leading talk station 3AW as a cadet, and within a few years took on the role of News Director. Later he was co-anchor of the drive shift, mixing news interviews and talkback.
Brett took a break from the world of news for several years, joining MMM and then FOX-FM with the satirical program Danger: Low Brow, which became the top-rating breakfast show on Melbourne's FM radio.
He moved into television in the late '90s, first with the Ten Network, then Channel Nine, covering stories ranging from the Ansett collapse to the Woomera detention centre riots and the S-11 protests, for which Nine News received a Logie for News Coverage.
In 2002, Brett was posted to Nine's European bureau. His major stories reflected the main theme of this era: terrorism; including reporting on-the-spot for attacks in Israel, Madrid and Istanbul. He was in Baghdad shortly after the arrival of US forces in 2003. He also covered Anzac Day at Gallipoli, the Copenhagen royal wedding of Mary and Frederick, and even a children's party at Buckingham Palace.
Returning to Melbourne at the end of 2004, Brett was sent to an event of unprecedented scale: the Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami. Nine was the first commercial network into Aceh, where Brett and his team spent two weeks covering the appalling devastation and the remarkable courage of the survivors. One of his reports received a Quill Award for best news story, while the network's tsunami coverage garnered a Logie.
Since then he has reported on stories ranging from the 2006 war in Lebanon, the Kerang rail disaster, and the international manhunt over the little girl known as Pumpkin.
Brett also secured the only television interview with Graeme Hoy, head of the collapsed Geelong investment firm Chartwell. He was also Nine's first reporter into Kinglake after the devastation of the Black Saturday bush fires.
Brett McLeod continues to mix reporting with news reading.
Client Comments for Brett McLeod
- Very well prepared and researched. We were completely at ease having Brett as our MC
The CEO Institute
- Matthews Steer Chartered Accountants have engaged Brett McLeod as MC for our events for many years and we have always been thrilled with his professionalism and skill as a presenter and journalist. Brett's ability to engage with and command the attention of the room is second to none and his effortless and relaxed style creates an atmosphere which puts everyone at ease. As the Marketing Manager of Matthews Steer Chartered Accountants, my job has been made so much easier knowing that I can rely on Brett's professionalism and enthusiastic approach and that his thorough and diligent preparation every time will result in a great event. Brett brings a calm, yet powerful presence to every event and is an absolute pleasure to work with - I would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to utilise his unsurpassed skills as a presenter and MC.
Matthews Steer Chartered Accountants
- Brett's long and distinguished career across radio and television has allowed him to build up a war chest of stories and anecdotes. From dealing with dictators on a world stage to local celebrities, Brett held the audience captivated from his first word to his last.
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