Michelle Tapper joined 60 Minutes as a producer in January 2017 after seven years as the Queensland correspondent for Sunrise. Michelle is a versatile media professional with 20 years’ experience working in current affairs, news and breakfast television.
Throughout her career, Michelle has covered a variety of international stories as a reporter and producer filing for multiple news bulletins and shows. She was part of the Seven network’s coverage of the Paris attacks reporting on the aftermath and hunt for the terrorists involved in Paris and Brussels. She also covered the MH17 disaster from the Netherlands and the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, spending a month reporting from Kuala Lumpur. In the lead-up to the execution of the Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, she filed numerous reports from Bali and she was also there for the release of drug smuggler Schapelle Corby from the notorious Kerobokan jail.
In 2011 Michelle covered the Japanese tsunami and nuclear fallout as well as the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings.
Closer to home, she has covered the Greymouth mine disaster in New Zealand in 2010, the 2011 Brisbane floods, Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland floods of 2013.
She was also part of the Seven network’s coverage of federal and state elections and the G20 which saw the world’s leaders descend on Brisbane in 2014.
Michelle has also worked as a reporter for Seven News and Today Tonight for more than a decade.
Prior to that, she worked for a year as a reporter for the Fox News affiliate in New Orleans and as a journalist on National Public Radio’s flagship show “All Things Considered” based in Los Angeles.
Although Michelle considers herself a serious journalist, she also enjoys having a bit of fun and getting kissed by Johnny Depp on live TV was definitely that!
Getting kicked off Hamilton Island because Taylor Swift requested privacy was a big surprise and made headlines around the country as did getting Kevin Rudd to dance Gangnam style.
She has also managed to go a few rounds with Mike Tyson and had Pauline Hanson reveal she wouldn’t sell her house to a Muslim which stirred national debate and outrage.
Throughout her career, she’s interviewed politicians and pop stars including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Margot Robbie, Alan Alda, Kate Bosworth, William Shatner, Sir Richard Branson, Rod Stewart and Donald Trump.
And although that can be a lot of fun, Michelle says her most inspiring stories are about ordinary people who have been touched by extraordinary events. She believes it’s a privilege to tell someone’s story and she is always grateful for that opportunity