Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley is the United States correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Weiner, Spitzer and the politics of personal disgrace

Nick O'Malley New York city's politics turned so weird last week that the campaign spokeswoman of a man who has admitted to dropping $15,000 on hookers accused another candidate of being a bad husband, and...

Motown revival

Detroit in 1942.

Nick O'Malley Detroit may have been declared bankrupt but, in the midst of the decay, the Motor City's heart is revving back to life.

Broke, not beaten: the Motor City's long road to redemption

Obamas's America feature.  Abandoned and burnt-out houses in the suburbs of Detroit.  to go with Ian Munro story  pic by Trevor Collens.

Nick O'Malley Despite an $18.5-billion debt and bankruptcy, there is a glimmer of hope for Detroit.


Trayvon Martin could have been me: Obama

President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley For the first time as President he sought to explain in some detail the black perspective to a broad American audience from his own experience.

On a power trip: US rides energy wave

An electric crude oil pumping unit stands on a hill overlooking Williston, North Dakota, U.S., on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. North Dakota will hold its Republican presidential caucus on March 6. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nick O'Malley A few years ago, when you headed from Bismarck in central North Dakota up towards Williston in the state's north-west, it might have seemed you were heading from nowhere to nothing.

Global power brokers 'alarmed' as US has a fracking good time

Using the latest fracking technology, US workers extract liquefied natural gas from a drill site in Pennsylvania.

Nick O'Malley The impact of the fracking revolution on global warming could be catastrophic

Conservative law's deadly force

Zimmerman protest

Nick O'Malley So far the protests have been largely peaceful. Thousands have turned out in cities across the US to lament the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder or manslaughter of Trayvon Martin.

Laws in the gun after Zimmerman verdict

A cut-out of Trayvon Martin

Nick O'Malley People appear to have forgotten that when race first became a factor in this case it was because for six weeks after the shooting Zimmerman was neither arrested nor charged.

Accused Boston bomber pleads not guilty

Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court.

Nick O'Malley Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty to setting off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish on April 15.

Texas tightens voter laws as demographics shift

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks during an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013.

Nick O'Malley The Texas Attorney General was so excited about the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down elements of the Voting Rights Act last month that he could not even wait to draft a press statement,...

Resurrected politicians defy sordid pasts

Eliot Spitzer

Nick O'Malley In the cult US crime television series The Wire, a drug dealer is in a prison book club meeting when he is asked what F.

Governor 'Oops' Perry calls time in Texas


Nick O'Malley Rick Perry, who famously fluffed his lines as a US Republican presidential candidate, may be back in the hunt for the White House after ending his stint as Texas governor.

Guilt, innocence and the American way

Kirk Bloodsworth.

Nick O'Malley The first man to be freed from death row in the US because of DNA evidence remembers the moment his lawyer gave him the news as though it were yesterday.

History repeats: Gettysburg 150 years on


Nick O'Malley Some 150 years after the US Civil War's most famous battle, the division between North and South remains clear and often bitter.

Two gay marriage victories in Supreme Court

Gay rights activists celebrate

Nick O'Malley Gay marriage had, in the words of one angry conservative, gone from “joke to dogma” in a decade.

Wendy's marathon filibuster bid


Nick O'Malley A Texas lawmaker who was a single mother at the age of 19 pursued what would have been a nearly 13-hour filibuster to block an anti-abortion bill.

US clings to affirmative action

Nick O'Malley Affirmative action has been preserved, for now, by the United States Supreme Court in the first of a series of decisions expected this week that will have a profound effect on how the US protects...

United States correspondent

Affirmative action serves supreme test

Nick O'Malley Affirmative action has been preserved, for now, by the United States Supreme Court in the first of a series of major decisions this week.

Battle to end abortion invokes prayer and politics

Christal Hutchison

Nick O'Malley Conservatives believe they can overturn the famous Roe v Wade judgment.

Anti-gay movement apologises, closes after 37 years

Nick O'Malley Washington: In perhaps the most startling example of the recent advances of the gay rights movement in America, one of the nation's most prominent religious opponents of homosexuality has dissolved...