Michael Smith is a former editor of The Age and board member and life member of the Melbourne Press Club.

He is a former Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and former president of the Ardoch Youth Foundation. He is a Board member of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.

Michael has been a guest lecturer on media and public relations issues at Melbourne University, Monash University, RMIT and Deakin. He is a regular media commentator on newspapers and public relations, including on ABC TV News Breakfast.

He is a former member of the Australian Press Council and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 1986-87, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in California. He is a former Australian chairman of the world's largest public relations consultancy, Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

Michael Smith is a strong contributor to the community through pro bono work and unpaid directorships. He is a founding director of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation which has transformed a development target into an internationally-recognised arts, education and cultural centre that attracts one million visitors a year.

He is a former president of the Ardoch Youth Foundation which helps vulnerable children stay in the school system.

Michael Smith - The Author

Michael Smith is the author of five books and co-edited Media Legends: Journalists Who Helped Shape Australia.

He chaired the selection panel for the Media Hall of Fame on which the book is based.

These are the details of the positions he has held in his careers in public relations and journalism.

nside Public Relations, Melbourne

 2002 - Director, Chief Executive Officer

Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Melbourne

2000-2002: Chairman 
1997-2000:  Chief General Manager 
1996-1997:  General Manager 
1994-1996:  Senior Consultant

The Age

1992-1994:  Group Executive Editor, John Fairfax Group 
1989-1992:  Editor, The Age 
1987-1989:  Assistant Editor  
1986-1987:  John S. Knight Fellow, Stanford University 
1980-1984:  News Editor 
1979-1980:  US West Coast Correspondent 
1978-1979:  Chief of Staff 
1977-1978:  Leader Writer 
1976-1977:  General Reporter 
1973-1976:  Medical Reporter 
1971-1973:  Sydney Correspondent 
1970-1971:  Sports Reporter 
1969-1970:  Cadet Reporter