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As a journalist and author with more than 40 years experience working in Australia, Asia, Europe, the United States and Middle East, David Leser is a compelling speaker, able to weave the personal with the universal in moving ways that help shift our thinking.
Author of 7 books
Executive Producer: Paul Kelly, Stories of Me
Australian stringer, European Vanity Fair
Writer-at-large The Australian Women’s Weekly
Staff Feature Writer, Good Weekend magazine
Staff Feature Writer, HQ Magazine
Staff Feature Writer, the Bulletin
Staff Feature Writer, the Australian magazine
Middle East Correspondent, South China Morning Post
Washington D.C Correspondent, Newhouse News Service
Gendered violence and the patriarchy, masculinity, misogyny and male mental health; Climate Change; Asylum seekers; the Middle East conflict; Music; how to live ethically and, more generally, a fascination for people’s lives and contradictions.
Winner of Walkley Award for feature writing.
Four Walkley Award nominations.
3 National Magazine Awards for feature writing.
Australian Human Rights Commendation for feature writing
Shortlisted for National Biography Award
Executive Producer award-winning documentary on singer/songwriter Paul Kelly
The first man to write a book on patriarchy and misogyny in the age of #MeToo – Women, Men & the Whole Damn Thing.
Publication of Women, Men & the Whole Damn thing in the United States, in 2021.
Public interviews for the Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle and Byron Bay Writers Festivals, including Andrew Denton, Malcolm Fraser, Michael Leunig, Geoffrey Robertson, Jennifer Byrne, Helen Garner, Kerry O’Brien, Irina Baronova, Nelson Mandela’s personal secretary (Zelda La Grange), Paul Kelly, Rob Hirst, Peter Garrett, Stan Grant.
Journalism published in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Europe, Hong Kong.
Books published in Australia, New Zealand, the United States.
People, ideas, ethics, journalism, the intersection between science and spirituality; addressing sexual violence, discrimination and racism, conflict and conflict resolution, music, guitar playing and singing, Nature and meaningful action on climate change, walking, swimming, my friends and family and, most particularly, my two daughters.
I’ve been interviewed on ABC and commercial television with respect to my books, and also appeared regularly as an interviewer at writers festivals around the country.