27 April 1945 |
Perth, Western Australia
|Notable credit(s)||Terry Willesee's Perth Presenter
Terry Willesee Tonight Presenter
A Current Affair (US) Reporter
Nine Perth Newsreader
|Children||Grant, Nicole,Jason Andrew, Sarah, Jesse, and Janet (deceased)|
Michael Willesee, Jr.
|Family||Michael "Mike" Willesee (brother)|
Willesee is the son of the late Don Willesee, a long-time member of the Australian Senate and Whitlam Government minister. He is the brother of Mike Willesee, also a journalist and television presenter.
Willesee began his media career in Perth in 1969. He initially worked as a television news reporter before branching out into newsreading and producing documentaries. He produced and presented 14 prime time documentaries for STW TV station in Perth. He.
In 1981 Willesee was signed by the Seven Network to present a successful national current affairs program named Terry Willesee Tonight, based in Sydney. Terry was then signed by the 9 network. Terry's role on the 7 current affairs show went to Derryn Hinch.
Willesee in 1992 moved to the United States where he anchored the nationally syndicated program, A Current Affair Extra. He also travelled the country as a reporter for A Current Affair (not related to Nine Network's programme of the same name). He was later promoted to anchor the Fox network's national programme, A Current Affair Extra. He was probably the first Australian to host his own current affairs show on US television.
After several years in the United States he moved back to Australia in 1995, reading news for Nine Network affiliate STW in Perth. While in Perth he occasionally hosted a talkback radio show for 6PR.
Willesee has also worked as a media trainer.
He is the father of, Grant, Nicole,Jason, Andrew, Sarah,Jesse Willesee and the late Janet.
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