Margot O'Neill

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Margot O'Neill
Born (1958-05-16) 16 May 1958 (age 60)
Leongatha, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Senior Investigative Journalist (Print, radio and television) Currently at Lateline Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Parent(s) Ray O'Neill (1923-2007),
Gloria O'Neill (born 1924)

Margot O'Neill (born 16 May 1958) is an Australian senior news reporter, journalist, with ABC TV's Lateline program.[1] She has been a journalist for over 25 years in television, radio and newspapers in Australia and overseas covering politics, national security and social justice issues and has worked on a variety of ABC programs including the investigative flagship program, Four Corners.[2][3][4] O'Neill has twice won Australia's Walkley Awards including for Best Investigative Reporting and also has twice been awarded a UNAA Media Award for TV current affairs in 1998[5] for 'Death Sentence' on 4 Corners and in 2013 [6] for "Aged Care Crisis" on Lateline.[4] She has also written a book called Blind Conscience (UNSW Press 2008) telling the stories of some of the key players in Australia's refugee advocacy movement. It won the 2009 Human Rights award for best non-fiction. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) degree from Melbourne University.[4][7] During her Melbourne University years, she was the lead singer in The Schnorts and The Jetsonnes with Ormond College students, then disbanded in September 1980 when she decided to pursue journalism full-time.

Early life, education and personal life[edit]

Margot O’Neill is one of five children who all grew up in Gippsland. She is married to Dr Ken Hudson and lives in Sydney, with their daughters Charlotte and Molly.

Professional career[edit]

O’Neill is a senior journalist who has been with ABC TV’s Lateline.

She started out as a journalist for radio 3RRR political program Talking Headlines and then journalist for the National Times newspaper. Then moved to The Age newspaper covering Australian politics in Canberra. She also covered US politics in Washington and worked at Four Corners before joining Lateline. Her work has been nominated for a Logie (Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report) three times.


  • 2013 - UNAA Media Award - TV Current Affairs - Margot O'Neill, Lateline ABC TV, - 'Aged Care Crisis'[6]
  • 2010 - Donald McDonald ABC Reuters Journalism Institute Fellowship to Oxford University - University of Oxford - Fellowships[4]
  • 2009 - National Human Rights Award for Best Non-Fiction - Winner - Blind Conscience (UNSW Press)[8][9]
  • 2009 - John Button Prize - Short Listed - Margot O'Neill: Blind Conscience (UNSW Press)[10]
  • 2006 - UNAA Media Peace Award - Finalist - Best Television - News - Margot O’Neill & Michael Edwards, ABC TV Lateline – ‘Belgrade Exile’, United Nations Association of Australia - Media Peace Awards[11]
  • 2005 - Walkley Award Winner (All Media) - Investigative Journalism, 'Vivian Solon', Australian Broadcasting Corporation (with Hamish Fitzsimmons, Tom Iggulden & Lisa Millar) National Library of Australia - Trove [12]
  • 2002 - Walkley Award Winner (Television) - TV Current Affairs Reporting (Less Than 10 Minutes), 'Curtin Tape', Australian Broadcasting Corporation -The Australian Women's Register - Walkley Awards[13]
  • 2002 - UNAA Media Peace Award - Finalist - Best Television - Margot O'Neill, Lateline ABC TV, - ‘Curtain Tape’[11]
  • 1998 - UNAA Media Award - TV Current Affairs - Margot O'Neill, Four Corners ABC TV, - 'Death Sentence'[5]