Two of Australia’s most respected journalists, Hugh Riminton and Jamelle Wells, have penned their memoirs after decades of reporting on the lives of others. In conversation with fellow journalist, ABC’s Eleanor Hall, they discuss their distinguished careers and how they’ve dealt with covering some of the most well-known crimes and tragedies of our time. Hugh’s Minefields catalogues his four decades working in some 50 countries, while Jamelle’s The Court Reporter details her time covering some of the nation’s most notorious and high-profile court cases.
Hugh Riminton (Australian)
Hugh Riminton has been a journalist and foreign correspondent for nearly 40 years, working chiefly for CNN and Australian television. He has received major journalism honours in Australia, the United States and Asia - including the Dupont-Columbia Award (US), two Asian TV Awards, two Walkley Awards, a Logie and honours from the Australian Human Rights Commission and the UN Association Peace Award. He has reported wars and conflicts on four continents and witnessed some of the largest humanitarian disasters in recorded history. His memoir, Minefields: A Life In The News Game, was published in October 2017.
Jamelle Wells (Australian)
Jamelle Wells is a senior ABC Newsreader and Court Reporter. Her memoir, The Court Reporter, spans a decade of covering some of Australia's most notorious and high profile cases. Before Jamelle joined the ABC, she was a news presenter for commercial stations including 2GB and 2CH, a business reporter, magazine editor and columnist. Jamelle provides commentary on court cases for ABC television, radio and online.
Eleanor Hall (Australian)
Eleanor Hall is host of The World Today, and occasionally fills in as host on ABC TV's The Drum. She has two decades of reporting experience with ABC TV News, including working on 7.30, Lateline, and Foreign Correspondent. She was the ABC's Washington correspondent in the late 1990s and she worked for five years in the Canberra parliamentary press gallery. Prior to joining the ABC, Eleanor freelanced for US National Public Radio from Central America and worked at WGBH in Boston as the youngest ever recipient of the Harkness Fellowship. She earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, has been a fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute where she submitted a paper on the Obama e-campaign. In 2012 she won the European Union’s Journalism Award.