David Leser Australian Writer and Journalist

David Leser is an Australian journalist, author, public interviewer and writing mentor who was born in Montreal, Canada and raised in Sydney, Australia.

In his 39 year-career as a journalist David has been a Middle East & Washington D.C correspondent, as well as feature writer in Australia for the Murdoch, Packer & Fairfax organisations. He has covered murder trials, demonstrations, uprisings, war zones and peace conferences in America, the Middle East, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

More recently he has become known for his intimate, psychological portraits of some of the more remarkable personalities of our times. David is a multiple award-winning journalist who has worked as a staff feature writer for the Daily Telegraph, the Australian, HQ magazine, the Bulletin, the Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend.

Between 2000 and 2011 he was Writer-at-Large for the Australian Women’s Weekly, the country’s most widely-read magazine, as well as Asia-Pacific writer for Italian and German Vanity Fair, and more recently the Daily Beast website in America.

David is the author of six books with a seventh currently in train.

In addition to his writing he has been a public interviewer at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Margaret River and Auckland Writers Festivals and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Southern Cross University and Newcastle University.

He was also executive producer of the award-winning documentary on the life and musical career of Paul Kelly, Australia’s pre-eminent songwriter.


Andrew Denton television & radio personality
Blanche d’Alpuget author
David Marr author, journalist and broadcaster
Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish Palestinian Doctor and Author
Geoffrey Robertson human rights lawyer
Helen Garner writer
Irina Baronova former Ballet Russe dancer
Jennifer Byrne journalist/broadcaster
John Marsden author
Malcolm Fraser former Prime Minister
Margaret Fink film producer
Michael Leunig cartoonist
Norma Khouri author
Paul Kelly Australia’s leading singer/songwriter
Rob Hirst musician & author
Stephanie Dowrick psychotherapist & author
Kerry O’Brien journalist
Richard Flanagan author
A.D. Hope poet
Alan Jones radio broadcaster
Andrew Denton multi-media personality
Anjelica Huston actor
Anna Murdoch former wife of Rupert Murdoch
Asher Keddie actor
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Somali-Dutch author and politician
Barbara Blackman writer
Cassandra Pybus author
Collette Dinnigan couturier
Dame Edna Everage pantomime dame
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch philanthropist & mother of Rupert
Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish Palestinian doctor/author
Fiona Wood surgeon
Fran Peavey founder of Heart Politics
Giorgio Armani designer
Helen Clark New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Garner writer
Ian Gawler counsellor
Irina Baronova former Ballet Russe dancer
Janet Holmes a Court businesswoman
John Howard Australian prime minister
Judy Cassab artist
June Newton photographer-painter
Kim Beazley former A.L.P. leader
Malika Oufkir former Moroccan prisoner
Margaret Fink film producer
Margaret Olley artist
Margaret Whitlam former First Lady
Mary Fairfax dowager
McCartney Sisters Irish activists
Michael Gudinski record company boss
Neil Finn singer-songwriter
Oriana Fallaci Italian author-journalist
Paul Hogan actor
Paul Kelly singer-songwriter
Pauline Hanson politician
Peter Garrett singer-politician
Petrea King counsellor
Richard Carleton television journalist
Richard Wherett theatre director
Robyn Nevin actor/theatre director
Roger Woodward pianist
Russell Crowe actor
Susan Sarandon actor
the Dalai Lama Tibetan spiritual leader
Tim Finn singer-songwriter
Tina Brown editor/author
Tina Brown author/editor
Xena, the Warrior Princess actor
2010 NSW PRODI – Best Feature Story: Peter Garrett (“Peter and the Wolves”)
2008 United Nations Association of Australia Special Commendation for “Children Overboard”
2003 Winner Magazine Publisher’s Association Story of the Year “Children Behind the Wire.”
1999 Winner Walkley Award Feature Writing: “Who’s Afraid of Alan Jones.”
1997 / 98 / 2000 Three Times Walkley Award National Finalist: (Feature Writing, Sport and International Relations)
1998 Winner Australian Society of Magazine Editors Feature Writing: “Inside the Mind of Pauline Hanson.”
1998 Winner Australian Society of Magazine Editors Reporting: “When a Child Kills.”
1998 Austcare: Winner All Media Category
1998 Human Rights Special Commendation

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