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Nick McCallum: Profile

Nick McCallum

Nick has been a journalist in television and radio for 27 years. He spent seven years as the United States Correspondent for Channel Nine, covering five Academy Awards, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Pat Rafter's two US Open victories and the election of George W Bush.

NOTE: While he replaces Neil Mitchell over the summer period, Nick McCallum's Bbusiness regular will be Michael Schildberger. A link to his site here.

On his return to Australia he worked for The Today Show, covering the Iraq war from the US Central Command in Qatar, the two Bali bombings and the London underground bombings.

He began contributing to 3AW's Afternoon program from Los Angeles in 1994 and since his return to Australia has been a contributor on Sunday Morning and a fill-in presenter on the Drive and Morning programs.

What was your first job?

Digging a sewer ditch for a plumber on school holiday - a perfect preparation for media work!

What is your favourite on air moment thus far?

We had a financial expert on air bagging Virgin Blue. Sir Richard Branson happened to be in Melbourne listening in his chauffeur driven car. He called the 3AW talkback line, came on air to correct the expert and then proceeded to chat for 20 minutes. He was fantastic.

What is your most embarrassing on air moment?

During the Hollingworth Governor General debate a female talkback caller made a ludicrous statement about priests. I dutifully insulted her on air and cut her off. It was only later that day I discovered the 'ludicrous' caller was my Mother in Law!

If you could interview anyone (living or dead) who would it be?

Martin Luther King. The world needs his oratory and his words of compassion, wisdom and decency right now.