Norman Swan

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Norman Swan
Norman Swan.jpg
Born1953 (age 66–67)
Glasgow, Scotland
NationalityAustralian and British
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
OccupationPhysician, Journalist and Broadcaster
Known forABC Radio National
Health Report (since 1982);
Notable work
Revealing scientific fraud by William McBride
Children3, including Jonathan Swan

Norman Swan (born 1953)[1] is a Scottish Australian physician, journalist and broadcaster.[2]


Swan was born in Scotland[3] to a Jewish family,[1] and studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen[2] graduating in 1976. He then continued his postgraduate studies by specialising in paediatrics. [4]

Swan moved to Australia, where he started work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1982.[2] He was the general manager of ABC Radio National for three years from 1990, and in that time increased the audience by 30%. He overhauled the schedule, created the RN current affairs breakfast program (now hosted by Fran Kelly), and recruited Phillip Adams, Geraldine Doogue and Wendy Harmer as program presenters.[3] Swan co-hosted the Radio National program Life Matters between 1996 and 2001,[4] and has produced and presented ABC radio program The Health Report from its inception in 1985.[3]

On ABC TV, Swan has presented both Catalyst and Quantum, and has hosted and been executive producer of Tonic. He is also an occasional reporter on Four Corners, his most recent being an exposé of egregious doctors' fees. On commercial television, he has appeared on the Australian version of The Biggest Loser as the resident health expert.[5]

Swan was awarded the Gold Walkley in 1988 for revealing scientific fraud conducted by gynaecologist Dr William McBride. Swan's investigation sent "shock waves throughout the medical world" and led to McBride's de-registration as a medical practitioner.[2] Swan has won three Walkley Awards, a Media Peace Award from the United Nations Association of Australia, and the highest honour in Australian science journalism, the Michael Daley Award.[2] Swan has also been awarded the Medal of The Australian Academy Science in 2004.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Swan's son,[7] Jonathan, is a political correspondent, firstly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, then The Hill and now Axios.[8]


  • Swan, Norman (February–March 2014). "Disaster averted". Health. Body Talk. Cosmos. 55: 26.


  1. ^ a b Datelines: Norman Swan, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 November 1998, Spectrum, p. 2s
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dr Norman Swan". ABC Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Profile: Norman Swan". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Honorary awards – Dr Norman Swan". University of Sydney. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  5. ^ "The quality journalism project: Dr Norman Swan's media check-up". Crikey. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
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  7. ^ "Aussie named as a US political breakout star". Crikey. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Fairfax journalist Jonathan Swan awarded prestigious Wallace Brown Young Achiever Award". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2015.

External links[edit]

External video
One Plus One: Norman Swan, One Plus One, ABC News