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David Marr Bio
|David Ewan Marr FAHA was born on 13th July 1947. He is an Australian journalist, author, and progressive political and social commentator. His areas of expertise include the law, Australian politics, censorship, the media, and the arts. He writes for The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, and Guardian Australia. He is also a regular in as a semi-regular panellist on the ABC television programs Q&A and Insiders.|
|David Marr Age||He was born on 13 July 1947Sydney, Australia|
|David Marr Education||University of Sydney (BA, LLB)|
|David Marr Occupation||Author, journalist|
|David Marr Partner||Sebastian Tesoriero (Domestic Partner)|
David Marr Early Life and Education
Marr studied at 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. He worked for a while 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 with his Partner Sebastian Tesoriero
David lives in Newtown with his gay partner, Sebastian Torosiero.
His take on his self-realisation that he was gay. “There are two ways to deal with it. One is to accept it and get on with your life. The other, with the influence of a family who believes deeply in conventional behaviour, in not disturbing the neighbours, is to fight it. And I fought it. When it was all over, I was a questioner of society, with a deep interest in fairness and equality. And no tolerance at all for unnecessary cruelty, unnecessary censorship, unnecessary restriction. I was one of those young gay men whose sexuality led them to question the way society worked.”
David Marr Career
- Marr started working as a journalist working for The Bulletin magazine and The National Times newspaper in 1972 before being appointed editor in 1980.
- 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.
- (1985, 1990–91) Marr was a reporter on the ABC TV program Four Corners, a role in which he won a Walkley Award, and presenter of Radio National’s Arts Today program (1994–96).
- 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 crucial 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 the ABA was investigating Jones – 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. 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. 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, He was named by Same Same as one of the 25 most influential gay and lesbian Australians for his coverage of the Bill Henson case.
- Marr has advocated drug law reform and has written candidly about his life experiences: “I’ve had a lot of fun on drugs … 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
— Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) October 13, 2018
— Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) October 13, 2018
David Marr Publications
Marr has published a number of books, including a critically acclaimed biography of Australian writer Patrick White, which won The Age Book of the Year award and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. More recently, Marr wrote, along with Marian Wilkinson, Dark Victory, an account of the 2001 Australian election campaign in the wake of the Tampa affair.
Marr’s books include:
- 1980 Barwick, Allen & Unwin
- 1984 The Ivanov Trail, Nelson
- 1991 Patrick White: A Life, Vintage Classics
- 2000 The High Price of Heaven
- 2004 Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson)
- 2007 His Master’s Voice: The Corruption of Public Debate under Howard in the Quarterly Essay, Issue 26
- 2008 The Henson Case, The Text Publishing Company
- 2010 Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd, in the Quarterly Essay, Issue 38
- 2011 Panic, Black Inc
- 2012 Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott, in the Quarterly Essay, Issue 47
- 2013 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell, in the Quarterly Essay, Issue 51
- 2015 Faction Man: Bill Shorten’s Path to Power, in the Quarterly Essay, Issue 59,
David Marr Awards
- Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Newcastle
- Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Sydney, 2013
- Honorary Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2013
- Liberty Victoria Voltaire Award, 2012
- Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate, for ‘Do Not Disturb: Is the Media Asleep?
- Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards, 2006
- Walkley Awards 2004 (jointly), 1991 and 1985
David Marr Annual Salary
|Total Annual Compensation||A$4,343,082|