Having spent nearly 30 years working in Australian media, Liam is one of Perth’s highest profile journalists and public broadcasters. With a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, he has held a series of high profile positions across all three major platforms – television, radio and print.
As a speaker, Liam is engaging and entertaining, providing a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the headlines in his presentation titled 60 Minutes of Fear, Fame and Fun.
His roles have included hosting the state-based 7.30 Report on ABC TV, news anchor at STW Channel Nine in Perth, reporting for the Nine Network’s Melbourne bureau of A Current Affair, columnist and feature writer for News Limited through the Sunday Times and the host of prime-time talkback shifts on Radio 6PR and 720 ABC Perth.
While Liam was host of 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.
He 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 six and a half years Liam 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 had better advice before helping to raid the nest of a three metre mother crocodile.