Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC TV 7.30 program, based in Melbourne. Her exclusive interview with murdered woman Jill Meagher’s husband, Tom Meagher, her investigations into bullying at Victoria Police and her story on women sexually assaulted in psychiatric wards saw her highly commended three times at the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Her tell-all interview with suspended Essendon coach James Hird’s wife, Tania Hird, caused a huge stir within the AFL system and fan base – with the club’s board meeting to decide on James Hird’s future after it broadcast. This year, she has investigated a string of suicides and ice use by sailors at the HMAS Stirling Navy base and extensively covered the executions of 'Bali 9' drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Before 7.30, Louise worked for eight years at Seven News first as NSW State Political reporter, then as a Melbourne investigative reporter, specialising in freedom of information. Louise is also a former High Court correspondent for the Australian newspaper.