Michael West Media is an independent media publisher covering the rising power of corporations over democracy.

We are non-partisan, do not take advertising and are funded by readers. Our investigations focus on big business, particularly multinational tax-avoiders, financial markets and the banking and energy sectors.

Our Team

Michael West founder and journalst
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Michael West

Journalist and Founder

Michael spent two decades working as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator before striking out on his own in July 2016.

After eight years as a commentator with The Australian and another eight years with the Sydney Morning Herald as a journalist and editor, Michael founded this website to focus on journalism of high public interest.

West is a Walkley-award winner and Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences.

Michael headshot

Michel West

Journalist and Founder

Michael spent two decades working as a journalist, stockbroker, editor and finance commentator before striking out on his own in July 2016.

After eight years as a commentator with The Australian and another eight years with the Sydney Morning Herald as a journalist and editor, Michael founded this website to focus on journalism of high public interest.

West is a Walkley-award winner and Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences.

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Michael West

Journalist and Founder

Kim Wingerei
Kim Wingerei

Kim Wingerei

Publisher and Writer

Kim is publisher, writer and jack-of-all-trades for the MWM business.

A former businessman, originally from Norway, came to Australia in 1989, has also lived in Chicago, Stockholm and Singapore.

Kim likes to look at the big picture and writes about change and solutions. He is the author of “Why Democracy is Broken – A Blueprint for Change”, published in 2018 (click here).

Kim Wingerei

Kim Wingerei

Publisher and Writer

Kim is publisher, writer and jack-of-all-trades for the MWM business.

A former businessman, originally from Norway, came to Australia in 1989, have also lived in Chicago, Stockholm and Singapore.

Kim likes to look at the big picture and writes about change and solutions. He is the author of “Why Democracy is Broken – A Blueprint for Change”, published in 2018 (click here).

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Kim Wingerei

Publisher & Writer

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Rex Patrick

Rex Patrick

Contributor

Rex Patrick is a former Senator for South Australia and earlier a submariner in the armed forces. Best known as an anti-corruption and transparency crusader - www.transparencywarrior.com.au.

Rex Lyall Patrick is an Australian politician who served as a Senator for South Australia from November 2017 until June 2022. He joined the Senate as member of the Centre Alliance party, though in August 2020 he left the party and became an independent. Before entering politics, Patrick was a businessman and senior business executive officer, as well as a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy. More.

Rex Patrick

Rex Patrick

Contributor

Rex Patrick is a former Senator for South Australia and earlier a submariner in the armed forces. Best known as an anti-corruption and transparency crusader - www.transparencywarrior.com.au.

Rex Lyall Patrick is an Australian politician who served as a Senator for South Australia from November 2017 until June 2022. He joined the Senate as member of the Centre Alliance party, though in August 2020 he left the party and became an independent. Before entering politics, Patrick was a businessman and senior business executive officer, as well as a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy. More.

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Rex Patrick

Contributor

Zacharias Szumer
Zach Szumer

Zacharias Szumer

Reporter

Zacharias Szumer is a freelance writer from Melbourne.

In addition to Michael West Media, he has written for The Monthly, Overland, Jacobin, The Quietus, The South China Morning Post and other outlets.

Zach Szumer

Zacharias Szumer

Reporter

Zacharias Szumer is a freelance writer from Melbourne.

In addition to Michael West Media, he has written for The Monthly, Overland, Jacobin, The Quietus, The South China Morning Post and other outlets.

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Zacharias Szumer

Reporter

Joshua Barnett
Joshua Barnett

Joshua Barnett

Video Producer

Josh has been a professional musician and educator since the early 2010s.

He has now traded a life from the stage to behind a camera in order to become the producer for West Report. Having toured the country and filmed many an event Josh has a vast knowledge of the Australian entertainment and arts industry.

Joshua Barnett

Joshua Barnett

Video Producer

Josh has been a professional musician and educator since the early 2010s.

He has now traded a life from the stage to behind a camera in order to become the producer for West Report. Having toured the country and filmed many an event Josh has a vast knowledge of the Australian entertainment and arts industry.

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Joshua Barnett

Video Producer

Johnnie from HR
Johnnie from HR

Johnnie from HR

Executive Vice President

Johnnie is in charge of complaints-handling and public relations; he also runs fast and eats well.

Formerly a professional athlete, Johnnie is a graduate of Greyhound Rescue Australia and the inaugural prize winner of the Michael West Media Awards for Excellence in Lots of Really Important Stuff.

Please email Johnnie for complaints and all legal correspondence.

Johnnie from HR

Johnnie from HR

Executive Vice President

Johnnie is in charge of complaints-handling and public relations; he also runs fast and eats well.

Formerly a professional athlete, Johnnie is a graduate of Greyhound Rescue Australia and the inaugural prize winner of the Michael West Media Awards for Excellence in Lots of Really Important Stuff.

Please email Johnnie for complaints and all legal correspondence.

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Johnnie from HR

Executive Vice-President

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