Hosts/MC's, Media, Business
Leigh McClusky is one of South Australia’s most experienced and respected journalists and presenters. Her career spanning almost 30 years has covered every facet of the media from newspapers to radio to television, where Leigh was the host of Channel Seven’s top rating current affairs program “Today Tonight” for a record breaking 13 years, making her a brilliant choice as the host or keynote speaker for your next event or conference.
Leigh joined Seven Adelaide shortly before the program’s premiere in January 1995. After a difficult beginning, “Today Tonight” has not only overtaken rival “A Current Affair”, but has grown into one of the most watched programs on Adelaide television.
Leigh began her career as a cadet reporter on the “Melbourne Herald” in 1979 and since has amassed a great deal of experience in all facets of the media - newspapers, magazines, radio and television in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
She has been a feature writer for Australian Associated Press, a researcher and reporter for the ABC program “The Investigators”, worked on country newspapers and spent two years reporting with the Nine Network’s “A Current Affair”.
In 1992 Leigh moved to Adelaide and for three years presented the ABC’s “7.30 Report”. During this time she also hosted the breakfast program on ABC-891 for two years.
In 1995, Leigh moved to Channel 7 to present the very first edition of “Today Tonight” and during her more than a decade there as the host, she also juggled three years of presenting the morning talk-back program on Radio 5AA.
In 2008 Leigh launched a new Public Relations and Media Consultancy, McClusky & Co Pty Ltd, which now services a wide range of clients across government, health, finance, engineering, real estate, arts and “not for profit” interests.
The resident facilitator for the American Chamber of Commerce’s regular business networking functions, Leigh has also returned to television as the host of Channel 7’s “SA Life” program as well as managing the rapidly expanding PR business.
Leigh is married to Simon Haigh and has four – mostly delightful - children, including twins.
She is a Board Member of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation and a Board Member of Maximus Resources as well as a state patron for “Riding for the Disabled”.