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

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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.

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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.

Michael West

Journalist and Founder

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Callum Foote

Journalist

Callum Foote is a journalist covering a broad range of subjects.

He has an honours degree in political science with the University of Sydney, where he researched the influence private interests have in Australia’s public policy-making process.
You can contact Callum by email.

Callum Foote

Callum Foote

Journalist

Callum Foote is a journalist covering a broad range of subjects.

He has an honours degree in political science with the University of Sydney, where he researched the influence private interests have in Australia’s public policy-making process.
You can contact Callum by email.

Callum Foote

Journalist

Stephanie Tran
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Stephanie Tran

Reporter

Stephanie is studying a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney.

She has an interest in public interest investigative journalism. She was a finalist for the Walkley Student Journalist of the Year award in 2021. As a cadet reporter at MWM, she has built our database of grandfathered companies and their political donations.

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Stephanie Tran

Reporter

Stephanie is studying a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney.

She has an interest in public interest investigative journalism. She was a finalist for the Walkley Student Journalist of the Year award in 2021. As a cadet reporter at MWM, she has built our database of grandfathered companies and their political donations.

Stephanie Tran

Reporter

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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.

Johnnie from HR

Executive Vice-President

Mark Sawyer
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Mark Sawyer

Editor

Mark has worked for Australian newspapers since leaving school in the 20th century.

Mainly The Sydney Morning Herald, but also The Sun in Melbourne, and the Manly Daily. Loves and hates politics in equal measure. Is trying to educate himself on resources and energy policy.

Mark Sawyer

Mark Sawyer

Editor

Mark has worked for Australian newspapers since leaving school in the 20th century.

Mainly The Sydney Morning Herald, but also The Sun in Melbourne, and the Manly Daily. Loves and hates politics in equal measure. Is trying to educate himself on resources and energy policy.

Mark Sawyer

Editor

Manal al-Sharif
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Manal al-Sharif

Contributor

Manal al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist, author, speaker, and a cyber security expert.

Manal was named one of the top 10 world’s digital revolutionaries by Newsweek and one of the top 50 women in tech by Forbes. She also writes for the NY Times and the Washington Post. Her Amazon bestseller memoir, Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman’s Awakening, tells her story of leading the Women’s Right to Drive movement in her home country of Saudi Arabia.

She is the host of Tech4evil.com podcast that discusses the intersection between technology and human rights.

Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif

Contributor

Manal al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist, author, speaker, and a cyber security expert.

Manal was named one of the top 10 world’s digital revolutionaries by Newsweek and one of the top 50 women in tech by Forbes. She also writes for the NY Times and the Washington Post. Her Amazon bestseller memoir, Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman’s Awakening, tells her story of leading the Women’s Right to Drive movement in her home country of Saudi Arabia.

She is the host of Tech4evil.com podcast that discusses the intersection between technology and human rights.

Manal al-Sharif

Contributor

James Fitzgerald Sice
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James Fitzgerald Sice

Reporter

James is studying a bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney.

He is a producer at 2SER radio and contributor at UTS’s Central News. James is contributing to our Revolving Doors section and related stories.

James Fitzgerald Sice

James Fitzgerald Sice

Reporter

James is studying a bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney.

He is a producer at 2SER radio and contributor at UTS’s Central News. James is contributing to our Revolving Doors section and related stories.

James Fitzgerald Sice

Reporter

Kim Wingerei
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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).

Kim Wingerei

Kim Wingerei

Publisher and Writer

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

Manal was named one of the top 10 world’s digital revolutionaries by Newsweek and one of the top 50 women in tech by Forbes. She also writes for the NY Times and the Washington Post. Her Amazon bestseller memoir, Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman’s Awakening, tells her story of leading the Women’s Right to Drive movement in her home country of Saudi Arabia.

She is the host of Tech4evil.com podcast that discusses the intersection between technology and human rights.

Kim Wingerei

Publisher & Writer

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