Waleed is one of Australia’s most respected and versatile media talents. He is a broadcaster, author, academic, musician and co-host of The Project.
In 2016 Waleed won the TV Week Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on television, the Silver Logie Award for Best Presenter and delivered the 2016 Andrew Olle Media Lecture. Waleed picked up another Silver Logie for Best Presenter in 2017.
Before joining The Project full time in 2015, Waleed tackled comedy as both a writer and presenter for SBS’s Salam Café, along with hard-hitting news as a host of ABC radio’s Mornings program in Melbourne. He has presented sporting analysis on ABC News 24’s The Drum and political analysis on Q&A and BBC World. Through this, as well as regular appearances on Offsiders, Meet The Press, The 7.30 Report, and Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Waleed has become widely recognised and trusted by audiences across Australia.
In 2005, Waleed was made a White Ribbon Day Ambassador for the United Nations’ International Day for the elimination of violence against women and was named one of The Bulletin magazine’s Smart 100 in 2007. He was invited to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in 2008 and in 2011 was named Victoria’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards for his work in fostering cross-cultural understanding in the community.
In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Walkley Award for Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique.
When he is not broadcasting or writing, Waleed is probably doing something musical. He is the guitarist and main songwriter for Melbourne originals band Robot Child. He played the lead guitar in the world’s first-ever theatrical production of Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Wall, with Nuworks Theatre in Melbourne, in the process helping raise $60,000 to rebuild a girls’ school in Afghanistan that the Taliban had previously destroyed.
Waleed is almost certainly the only terrorism expert in the world to have written a formal harmonic and structural analysis of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. He made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2013 alongside Charlie Pickering in The World’s Problems Solved With Charlie Pickering And Waleed Aly.
Waleed is a lecturer in politics at Monash University, working in its Global Terrorism Research Centre, and currently presents The Minefield on Radio National with ethicist Scott Stephens every Wednesday morning.