Mark Colvin was one of Australia's most beloved and respected journalists and broadcasters. In an award-winning career spanning more than four decades, he covered major events for the ABC at home and as a foreign correspondent. For the last twenty years, he was a familiar voice as the presenter of ABC radio's current affairs program PM. He was a master interviewer, and a prolific contributor to the Twittersphere. On 11 May 2017, Mark died aged 65 after struggling with a rare auto-immune disease for more than 20 years. He is greatly missed. In a very special free event, Peter Greste, Jonathan Holmes, Sally Heath and James Jeffrey — some of Mark's closest friends and colleagues — pay tribute to the great @Colvinius.
Sally Heath (Australian)
Sally Heath's first full-time job in journalism was as editor of an independent paper on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria about 25 years ago. Since then she has divided her time equally between writing and editing, including working as editor of the Age’s A2, blogging at A Season of Sundays, and most recently joining MUP as Associate Publisher in 2010. She is Meanjin’s ninth editor.
James Jeffrey (Australian)
James Jeffrey writes the Strewth column in The Australian, a position that allows how him to focus on topics of national significance, such as Wayne Swan stealing Alan Jones's luggage. In recognition of his efforts, James has been denounced in parliament and, just as harshly, sung at by Craig Emerson. James has also worked in the satire heaven that is Moscow, and is the author of Paprika Paradise, an out-of-print artefact now being granted eternal life as an e-book
Jonathan Holmes (Australian)
Jonathan Holmes has been a journalist for more than 40 years. Born and educated in Britain, he joined BBC TV's current affairs group in 1971. He came to Australia in 1983 to become executive producer of the ABC's Four Corners. Jonathan is the former presenter of Mediawatch on the ABC.
Peter Greste (Australian )
Peter Greste is an Australian journalist and Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison. He has worked as a correspondent for Reuters, CNN and the BBC, predominantly in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. His book, Freeing Peter, written with his family who spearheaded an international media campaign to champion his release, was published in 2016.