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Statement from David Anderson, ABC Managing Director on the passing of Caroline Jones AO

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The ABC community is deeply saddened by the death of Caroline Jones AO, the hugely influential, respected and loved journalist, writer and broadcaster.

Caroline had a more than 50-year career at the ABC before retiring in 2016.

She broke down barriers, her career was one of many firsts.

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She was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight,  the first woman to anchor Four Corners , and was associated with Australian Story since  its inception in 1996. In 1997 she was voted one of Australia’s Living Treasures. Her other roles included presenting The Search for Meaning on Radio National.

Caroline was an important voice for many Australians and she served ABC audiences with distinction and class. Like many ABC journalists of her generation, she helped to define Australian broadcast journalism.

As well as a razor-sharp mind and unflappable self-possession, she had a wonderful voice and warm presence that Australians respected and loved.

In her honour, in 2018 the ABC created the 12-month Caroline Jones Scholarship, providing financial and on-the-job development in ABC News for a talented young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander journalist.

Caroline was a loved and valued member of the ABC family and will be tremendously missed. On behalf of everyone at the ABC I extend my sincere sympathies to Caroline’s family and friends.

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