Ben Fordham is a Walkley award-winning journalist who still can’t believe he gets paid to work in television and radio.
Ben has called Channel Nine home for the past decade, reporting from around the world on 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, Nine News and Today Show. His stories have been broadcast internationally on CNN, SKY and ABC AMERICA.
He’s trekked into the jungles of West Papua to find a lost tribe of cannibals, worked on undercover investigations with Scotland Yard, gone on safari with some of the craziest big wave surfers in the world and spent a day in the life of Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and John Howard – these are just some of his TV highlights.
His latest role with Nine is as the Sports Presenter on the Today Show, alongside hosts Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic. On radio, Ben is the host of 2GB’s Monday to Friday drive-time program Sydney Live which consistently tops the ratings. On FM radio, he’s heard on Triple M in Melbourne and Adelaide where he works as a news commentator. Ben is also the Australian correspondent for some overseas radio stations.
Ben’s coming-of-age in journalism came before he celebrated his 21st birthday. Then a political correspondent with Sydney’s 2UE, Fordham won a Walkley Award – Australia’s top award in journalism – for his coverage of the Thredbo landslide tragedy and a Raward – the top accolade in the Australian radio industry – for excellence in journalism. He became the youngest reporter in history to win a Walkley-Raward double and was honoured on Australia Day with a Young Citizen of the Year award.
Fordham made the switch to television in 1998 by joining Sky News Australia. He was soon reading national news bulletins and anchoring live coverage of major breaking stories. Less than 12 months after joining Sky News, he was offered a job at the Nine Network.
His investigations on ACA have uncovered multi-billion dollar scams, leading to arrests in Australia, Britain and Ireland. He exposed the cover up of child abuse by the Catholic Church – a story that led to the conviction of one of Australia’s highest ranking priests. His exclusive expose of former property high-flyer Cameron Donald led to national media coverage when Fordham was physically attacked while pursuing the Sydney businessman. Other stories have helped raise well over a million dollars for various charities.
On 60 Minutes, Ben traveled to West Papua for a 10 day adventure to locate the last living tribe of cannibals. It was his first story for the flagship show and the highest rating 60 Minutes program in recent history. On 60 Minutes, Ben has interviewed Hollywood actor Owen Wilson, world motorbike champion Casey Stoner, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and world surfing champ Mick Fanning. He’s also been big wave surfing with Tom Caroll and Ross Clarke-Jones.
Thanks to his job, Ben has had close contact with some inspiring people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others. Away from his media career, Ben volunteers for several charities in the areas of fundraising, lobbying, strategy and as a Master of Ceremonies. These charities include Youth Insearch, The Sony Foundation, Bethany and Leanna Mills fund, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, MNDfree, Black Thai Ball and The Butterfly Foundation.