Michael Slezak

Journalist

About me


I’m the environment reporter for The Guardian in Australia.

Before that, I wrote about science and its effect on the world for New Scientist. And earlier I was a full-time medical journalist and freelanced for publications around the world about a variety of topics.

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

You can see a selection of my published work here.

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

2015
- 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‘.

2014
- 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.

2013
- I won the Luminous Award for “Best Cancer-Related Feature – Print” for my report: ‘Fighting Cancer Darwin’s Way‘.

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

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