David Marr (journalist)
|Born||David Ewan Marr
(1947-07-13) 13 July 1947 (age 73)
|Education||University of Sydney (BA, LLB)|
Whilst at university he was a resident of St Paul's College.
The first article, headlined "Askin: friend of organised crime", was famously published on the day of Askin's funeral in 1981.
In 1980, Marr published his first book, Barwick, a "hostile" biography of Chief Justice Sir Garfield Barwick.
It won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, but was received poorly by its subject, who accused the author of fabricating quotes.
From 2002 to 2004, he hosted the ABC TV program Media Watch.
He is a frequent guest on ABC TV's Insiders program.
During his term as presenter of Media Watch he played a key role in exposing the ongoing cash for comment affair, which Media Watch had first raised in 1999, concerning radio commentators Alan Jones and John Laws.
In 2004, the program's exposé of Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) head David Flint – who had written letters of support to Jones at a time when Jones was being investigated by the ABA – played a significant role in forcing Flint's resignation.
In 2002, Marr stated on Media Watch that conservative newspaper columnist Janet Albrechtsen had misquoted a French psychiatrist, Jean-Jacques Rassial, and claimed that she had done this deliberately to make it look as though violence and gang rape were institutionalised elements of the culture of Muslim youths.
When the Minister for Communications, Senator Helen Coonan, appointed Albrechtsen to the board of the ABC in February 2005, Marr publicly questioned whether she was qualified for such a position in light of what he described as "breaches of proper conduct as a commentator and as a journalist".
In 2008, Marr was named by Same Same as one of the 25 most influential gay and lesbian Australians for his coverage of the Bill Henson case.
I've had a lot of marvellous experiences.
I've danced a lot.
I've had a great time.
I'm not ashamed of it.
And I don't see what's wrong with it."
Marr announced his resignation from the Sydney Morning Herald on 13 July 2012, saying "People underestimate what a deeply conventional person I am.
I'm turning 65 and that feels like the right time to go."
However, in April 2013 it was announced that Marr was joining Guardian Australia.
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