ABC News expands its national reporting team

Louise Duffy | 21-08-2013

The ABC has assembled a new expanded national reporting team, including recruits from Fairfax, News Limited, the BBC and TVNZ, as well as some of the ABC’s own journalists.

Among the new journalists joining the ABC team are:
•Linton Besser from The Sydney Morning Herald
•Mark Solomons, an investigative reporter from Brisbane’s Courier Mail
•Daniel Oakes, currently crime editor for The Age and a former defence and foreign affairs writer
•Andrea Jonson, a senior producer with the BBC and Seven Network
•Dale Owens, a producer with TVNZ’s Sunday programme.

They will join other new recruits from inside the ABC, including:
•Mark Willacy, the ABC’s returning Tokyo correspondent
•Trevor Bormann, who joins from Foreign correspondent
•Alison McClymont, a producer with experience at Four Corners, Lateline, 7.30 and Radio Current Affairs.

The new recruits will join forces with the ABC’s existing team of national reporters, including Michael Brissenden (defence), Sophie Scott (health), Jake Sturmer (technology & science) and Peter Lewis (rural & regional).

Led by editor Jo Puccini, who is a former associate producer with 7.30, Lateline and Four Corners, the team will research, investigate and produce major news and current affairs stories for radio, television, online and mobile ABC audiences.

"The new team will quickly become a vital part of ABC News output across the country," said Kate Torney, director of news. "I welcome all the new recruits and the increased opportunity this presents to deliver original and important journalism to ABC audiences everywhere."

The National Reporting Team was one of a series of new ABC initiatives that received additional funding from the Australian Government. Others included ABC Fact Check, new metropolitan bureaus in Ipswich, Geelong and Parramatta, and additional cameras and live linking in 19 different regions across Australia.