Graduate Diploma in Commercial Radio Broadcasting, 2002
Andy Park is an award-winning broadcast journalist. He is the host of RN Drive, a daily, agenda-setting news and current affairs program on ABC’s Radio National, in which he tackles domestic and international politicians of all stripes in a live, high-pressure environment. He was previously a long-time investigative reporter for the ABC TV 7.30 program, who specialised in climate change and was awarded a 2021 Kennedy Award for his long form climate change series: ‘Climate Emergency’. Over seven years, filling news and current affairs stories on our nightly TV screens, he reported from fires, floods, and US aircraft carriers, on everything from policy, politics and people.
Andy was the founding cast and host of The Feed on SBS VICELAND, which broke new ground in Australian TV journalism and storytelling. Andy also served as a news anchor for SBS World News. Andy began his journalism career writing for The Age newspaper, learning both video and writing skills during the emergence of the digital age and during the tail end of the Melbourne gangland wars.
Andy studied Journalism at RMIT in Melbourne. Prior to his years in public inquiry journalism, Andy’s first career was in radio, graduating from AFTRS in 2002 and spending his early twenties in commercial radio, as an announcer and music director.
Andy lives in Sydney with his young family and enjoys remote adventures and riding his Ducati.
I distinctly remember the fun and freedom we had broadcasting from the Sydney Royal Easter show. Also, when I attended AFTRS, we mixed with students from different departments – I suppose I got my TV break hosting their experimental films and I feel like I was part of a creative generation, who I still run into all these years, still later doing cool things.
I’ve had the licence, and privilege, to be invited into people’s homes and lives and ask them about their deepest hopes and fears. That is so much more interesting than interviewing the ‘big names’. Little voices hold big truths and are always the most surprising and rewarding to me.