Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

Chris Lane girlfriend Sarah Harper lost for words as she stands where he died

Nick O'Malley Standing on the drying strip of curbside grass on Country Club Road where Chris Lane died on Friday afternoon, his partner, Sarah Harper could only bring herself to say a few words this morning.

Chris Lane was a 'target', police chief reveals after baseball player's death

Christopher Lane

Nick O'Malley When Chris Lane jogged past the three boys on Country Club Road in the town of Duncan in southern Oklahoma, they did not see a young man, says the local chief of police, Danny Ford, but a target.

Weiner still out, about and in the race

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner

Nick O'Malley Anthony Weiner has gone gonzo. No one watching the former congressman's campaign to become the Democratic candidate for this year's New York City mayoral election believes he has a chance.

Hitting the hustings with Weiner

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Nick O'Malley United States correspondent Nick O'Malley goes on the campaign trail in August with Anthony Weiner, the sexting scandal plagued runner for the New York City Democratic mayoral primary.

Seeing red over map of hatred

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley The red stains spread out across the maps of the US like bruises or the ink blots of a Rorschach test.

Everyone wanted to 'read all about it'

Reporters Bob Woodward, right, and Carl Bernstein, whose reporting of the Watergate case won a Pulitzer Prize, sit in the newsroom of the Washington Post, May 7, 1973.

Nick O'Malley The first call came in at 9am on a Saturday and did not excite Bob Woodward much. A group of men had been caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building...

The rise of the media's new breed

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Nick O'Malley Sure, the flight of readers to online competitors hurt America's newspapers, but it was the prostitutes that really crippled them, and this probably takes some explaining.

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

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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.