Mike Minehan graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, with two degrees and New Zealand’s premier literary award, the MacMillan Brown Prize. His first job was as a TV News Director with the then New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. He went on to become a Parliamentary Reporter for the NZBC, the foundation reporter on the primetime Town and Around, and an investigative TV journalist with New Zealand’s weekly analysis program, Compass.
In Australia, for 7 years every evening, Mike was the primetime Presenter of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s This Day Tonight, and for 3 years, he was the Presenter of the National Nine Network’s A Current Affair. Mike was recognized by his peers with national awards three years in a row for presenting Australia’s highest rating news background program. Mike was also presented with an award from the Australian Press Council for his analysis of media coverage of the Gulf War.
He has a PhD in telecommunications policy, conferred in 1998 by Macquarie University, Sydney, and he has been invited to teach by universities in Australia, North America, China and Cambodia. He was Head of Program (Communication) for 12 years at UTS: Insearch, the corporate division of the University of Technology Sydney. Mike was also Dean of Graduate Studies for four years at the University of Cambodia.
In South East Asia, Mike became a donor and Volunteer Assistant at the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) for two years while helping to clear that country of the explosive remnants of war. His two most recent video productions are on chemical weapons dropped during the Vietnam War, and a video for the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense, Tea Banh, to celebrate the end of 30 years of civil and international war in Cambodia.
Mike has advised China Central TV (Shanghai Television) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh TV) on broadcasting strategies. He was also hired to advise the Vietnamese government on its introduction of cable TV.
Mike is a photographer, TV producer and a novelist published in New York. He founded the Ideas Channel and advises governments, professional organizations and corporations on strategic communication issues.