Tony Wright has been a journalist since 1970, when he undertook a cadetship at the Portland Observer in far south-west Victoria, where he had been raised on farms and on the coast. Since his cadetship he was worked at numerous newspapers and magazines in both regional and city Australia.

From 1976 to 1987 he was employed as a reporter, feature writer and columnist at Albury-Wodonga's Border Mail (then known as the Border Morning Mail). He became deputy editor before moving on to The Canberra Times in late 1987. He has been a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989, when he became chief political correspondent for The CanberraTimes.

He has since been a senior writer, political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin magazine and The Age. He is currently Associate Editor and Special Writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has won numerous awards for journalism, and has reported from most of the world's continents and many conflict zones.