Leila McKinnon is one of the Nine Network’s leading journalists and presenters, reporting for A Current Affair and co-presenting Nine’s new program, Weekend Today.
While hosting A Current Affair over the summer period, McKinnon interviewed many prominent people including Tom Cruise, acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard, singing star Delta Goodrem, 20/20 cricket sensation David Warner, and retiring big hitter, Matthew Hayden.
During 2008, as a reporter for ACA, she looked into increasing gang problems, drug issues and reported extensively on the controversial Gordon Wood murder trial. It was also on A Current Affair that McKinnon told off party-boy Cory Worthington, an interview that went viral and became a YouTube sensation.
In 2007 she was a foreign correspondent for the Nine Network in North America. Based in Los Angeles, McKinnon was the first reporter to track down and confront Jayant Patel, the doctor who has since been extradited to Australia to face charges of negligence related to the deaths of patients at Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland. She also spent time at Guantanamo Bay covering the trial of Australian terror suspect David Hicks.
While in LA, McKinnon reported for the Nine Network’s Sunday program, A Current Affair, National Nine News and Today. She interviewed dozens of Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson and Pierce Brosnan.
Also in 2007 McKinnon reported for the first two seasons of the smash hit prime-time program What's Good For You, travelling extensively throughout the US.
Prior to her move to America, she presented the 11AM news, Today news, and often hosted the Today show.
She moved to Sydney in 2001 from Brisbane, where she was a reporter for A Current Affair, and briefly read Brisbane’s edition of National Nine News with co-presenter Karl Stefanovic. Her career with the Nine Network started in 1996 with the creation of Nine Gold Coast News, on which she was a reporter and weather presenter.
Leila McKinnon, who has a journalism degree from Queensland University of Technology, began her television career in Rockhampton in 1993 with WIN television before moving to Cairns in 1995. She was born in Iran to an English mother and a New Zealand father, and now lives in Sydney.