Leigh Hatcher

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Leigh Hatcher
Born (1955-08-25) 25 August 1955 (age 61)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Journalist, author
Years active 1973 – present
Spouse(s) Meredith
Children Amy, Johanna, Sophie, Tristan

Leigh Hatcher (born 25 August 1955) is a veteran broadcast Australian journalist and author.

Hatcher's career highlights include working as the bureau chief for the Macquarie Radio Network in the Canberra Press Gallery. Leigh has also worked at various radio stations including 2CA in Canberra and 5DN in Adelaide.

Leigh was also employed by the Seven Network where he worked as a political correspondent in Canberra as well as a European correspondent when he lived in London, between the years of 1983 and 1985. After returning from London, Leigh took a break from the television scene and returned to the radio station 5DN and hosted a radio show. Returning to Sydney, he worked as an on-the-road reporter for the Seven Network for a decade from 1988 to 1998. During this time he was the Network's Chief Olympic Corresondent.

He was forced out of work for more than two years, suffering Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He wrote a best-selling book about the experience, 'I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just A Little Unwell'. Leigh joined Sky News Australia in 2000 as a presenter of First Edition with Sharon McKenzie and later Nina May on weekdays. In January 2013, Hatcher finished presenting First Edition and was appointed news presenter on PM Agenda. In June 2013, Hatcher resigned from Sky News.

On 11 November 1975 Leigh was one of the journalists present at Former Prime Minister Whitlam's dismissal speech.

On 27 March 2011 Sheridan Voysey, of national radio program Open House, announced that Leigh Hatcher would serve as his replacement. He started as host on 1 May 2011 and left the program on 8 December 2013.[1]

In January 2014, after four decades of broadcast journalism, he became the Director for Public Affairs with the HammondCare organisation.

Leigh is married with four children and three grandchildren.

Writing career[edit]

Leigh has written three books – 'I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just A Little Unwell', and two books from the Open House radio program.


External links[edit]

  • Interview at the Centre for Public Christianity