Usher was the Nine Network's correspondent on the ground on the day that the world changed. He was in New York when the Twin Towers were attacked in September, 2001, and reported live to Australia as the biggest story of our times unfolded.
Less than two years later, he was in Iraq, travelling north from Kuwait to reach Baghdad the day after the Coalition seized the city. It was, he says, "a frightening yet phenomenal two-month mission."
Usher graduated from high school in Perth in 1987. He went on to study media in 1989 at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and graduated with an Associate Diploma in Media Studies.
Usher's television career began in 1990 at the Golden West Television Network, Bunbury, as a final year cadet journalist. He was then posted to Kalgoorlie before beginning the following year at STW-9, Perth.
It's a brief that has taken him to Lausanne to cover the corruption scandal that engulfed the International Olympic Committee and in 1996 he was in Atlanta covering the Olympics when the bomb went off in Centennial Park.
In 1998, Usher witnessed the debut of swimmers Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett and Michael Klim at the World Swimming Championships in Perth. He's also covered the Commonwealth Games in both Kuala Lumpur and Manchester.
In 2001, Usher moved to the Nine Network US bureau, where he worked for three years as Nine Network US correspondent. Based in Los Angeles, Usher covered stories from the Oscars to the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
Usher returned to Australia to fill in as host of Today, then at the beginning of 2004, together with wife Annalie and young son Thomas, he moved to the UK, to cover the London bureau.
In his role as Europe correspondent Usher reported on the Olympic Games in Athens, the death of Yasser Arafat and the birth of Princess Mary's baby. He also travelled to the Russian town of Beslan and produced reports on the school hostage crisis.
Following the axing of Nightline in July 2008 and Sunday in August 2008, Usher began presenting the Nine Sunday Morning News. In September 2008, Usher also became the presenter of National Nine News: Afternoon Edition.