Michael Slezak


About me

I’m a science, technology and environment reporter based in Sydney, Australia.

I am now the National Science, Technology and Environment reporter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Before that, I spent two years as the Environment Reporter at The Guardian in Australia and four years as the Asia Pacific correspondent for New Scientist magazine.

Prior to becoming a journalist I studied, researched and taught philosophy of science at The University of Sydney.

You can see some more of my experience on my LinkedIn profile and you can follow me on Twitter, or Facebook if you like, too.

I’ve won and been nominated for a few awards recently:

- In 2017 I was awarded the United Nations Association of Australia media award for climate reporting.
- In 2017 I was editor of the anthology Best Australian Science Writing 2017, published by NewSouth Books.

- My feature ‘Aliens versus predators: The toxic toad invasion‘ was selected for inclusion in the book Best Australian Science Writing 2015.
- I was shortlisted for the 2015 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing, for my feature, ’Aliens versus predators: The toxic toad invasion‘.

- Winner of “Article of the Year” in the Publishers’ Australia Excellence awards for my feature “High as a Kiwi“.
- My feature ‘The Now Delusion‘ was selected for inclusion in Best Australian Science Writing 2014, published by NewSouth Books.
- Runner-up for “Journalist of the Year” in the Publishers’ Australia Excellence awards.
- Runner up for the Luminous Award for Cancer reporting for my report “Making of a Monster“.
- One of three finalists in Australia’s top science journalism prize, The Eureka Prize for Science Journalism.

- I won the Luminous Award for “Best Cancer-Related Feature – Print” for my report: ‘Fighting Cancer Darwin’s Way‘.

I also like to take photos. I think some of them are ok. You can see a few of them here.