A prominent former Australian television and newspaper reporter was killed Sunday when he collided with a tree while skiing at Perisher. Michael Meagher, 55, of Sydney, was skiing in the Guthega area of Perisher Ski Area when he took a shortcut through the trees off the Wombat’s Lament ski run, an intermediate trail, at around 10 a.m. Sunday morning when he collided with a tree, according to those who witnessed the incident. He was not wearing a helmet.
Perisher Ski Patrol, NSW Ambulance and Perisher Medical Centre staff promptly attended to the scene, where Meagher was pronounced dead of massive head injuries.
Meagher was a senior member of corporate communications firm CPR, and was previously employed as a journalist with The Australian, The Bulletin and on television at the Nine Network. He had a senior role in media and communications with the Australian Olympic Commission during the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, and also served as an associate editor at BRW Magazine.

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