David Marr (journalist)

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BornDavid Marr (journalist)_header_cell_0_1_0 David Ewan Marr
(1947-07-13) 13 July 1947 (age 73)

Sydney, AustraliaDavid Marr (journalist)_cell_0_1_1

EducationDavid Marr (journalist)_header_cell_0_2_0 University of Sydney (BA, LLB)David Marr (journalist)_cell_0_2_1
OccupationDavid Marr (journalist)_header_cell_0_3_0 David Marr (journalist)_cell_0_3_1
Partner(s)David Marr (journalist)_header_cell_0_4_0 Sebastian TesorieroDavid Marr (journalist)_cell_0_4_1

David Ewan Marr FAHA (born 13 July 1947) is an Australian journalist, author and progressive political and social commentator. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_0

His areas of expertise include the law, Australian politics, censorship, the media and the arts. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_1

He writes for The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and Guardian Australia. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_2

He also appears as a semi-regular panellist on the ABC television programs Q&A and Insiders. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_3

Career David Marr (journalist)_section_0

Marr attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School in North Sydney and subsequently graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in 1968 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1971. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_4

Whilst at university he was a resident of St Paul's College. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_5

He worked for a time as an articled clerk at the law firm Allen, Allen and Hemsley, and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor before turning to journalism. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_6

Marr began as a journalist working for The Bulletin magazine and The National Times newspaper in 1972 before being appointed editor in 1980. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_7

During this period, he oversaw the publication of the articles by David Hickie which detailed long-suppressed allegations of corruption against former New South Wales premier Robert Askin. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_8

The first article, headlined "Askin: friend of organised crime", was famously published on the day of Askin's funeral in 1981. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_9

In 1980, Marr published his first book, Barwick, a "hostile" biography of Chief Justice Sir Garfield Barwick. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_10

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. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_11

Marr was a reporter on the ABC TV program Four Corners (1985, 1990–91), a role in which he won a Walkley Award, and presenter of Radio National's Arts Today program (1994–1996). David Marr (journalist)_sentence_12

From 2002 to 2004, he hosted the ABC TV program Media Watch. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_13

He is a frequent guest on ABC TV's Insiders program. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_14

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. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_15

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. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_16

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. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_17

Albrechtsen did not deny the misquote, but responded by accusing Media Watch of inherent left-wing bias and of deliberately leading a witch-hunt against contrary views. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_18

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". David Marr (journalist)_sentence_19

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. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_20

Marr has advocated drug law reform and has written candidly about his life experiences: "I've had a lot of fun on drugs ... David Marr (journalist)_sentence_21

I've had a lot of marvellous experiences. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_22

I've danced a lot. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_23

I've had a great time. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_24

I'm not ashamed of it. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_25

And I don't see what's wrong with it." David Marr (journalist)_sentence_26

Marr announced his resignation from the Sydney Morning Herald on 13 July 2012, saying "People underestimate what a deeply conventional person I am. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_27

I'm turning 65 and that feels like the right time to go." David Marr (journalist)_sentence_28

However, in April 2013 it was announced that Marr was joining Guardian Australia. David Marr (journalist)_sentence_29


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