Ray Martin began his media career as a cadet journalist with the ABC.
In 1969, Ray was appointed the ABC’s North American Correspondent based in New York and covered the 1972 and 1976 US Presidential campaigns, the Watergate saga and America at war in Vietnam.
When the Nine Network launched its new flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes, Ray joined George Negus and Ian Leslie as a founding reporter.
Over the next six years, Ray visited over 40 countries and interviewed everyone from Prince Charles to the rock-band Kiss. He clocked up over a million air miles during this time and won a handful of prestigious awards for his investigative work, including Reporter of the Year (twice) and Best Public Affairs Report (twice).
In February 1985, Ray launched his own daily variety show, Ray Martin at Midday. Ray recorded over 12,000 interviews, featuring almost every contemporary political and pop figure of the time.
In 1994 Ray moved from Midday to Host A Current Affair. Overnight A Current Affair saw its ratings soar and viewers quickly warm to their new host as the program began a new era “on-the-road”. Ray reported from areas stricken by drought, bushfire and flood. And from where the news was breaking: Port Arthur, Rabaul, Vietnam, London, Hong Kong, Thredbo and the USA. A highlight of Ray’s time at A Current Affair was the Farmhand Appeal, raising over $19 million for drought affected farmers around Australia.
In 1996 Ray was awarded his fifth Gold Logie Award (tying with top-honoured recipient Graham Kennedy) Australia’s most prestigious television award. He has also won three consecutive People’s Choice top awards, making Ray’s career one of the most successful in Australian TV’s 40+ year history.
He continues to file special reports for 60 Minutes and A Current Affair. In 2014, he was the presenter for the SBS series First Contact.