A trailblazer for women in media: Radio industry remembers Judith Whelan


ABC executive and renowned journalist Judith Whelan is today being remembered as a trailblazer for women in media following news of her death at the age of 63.

Whelan passed away in hospital yesterday following several years of illness.

Starting out as a cadet journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, she rose through the ranks at the ABC to be appointed Editorial Director in February last year.

Her journalistic career includes experience as a Walkley-nominated news and feature writer, senior editor and a foreign correspondent in both the Pacific and Europe.

In a statement, ABC managing director David Anderson said Judith will be remembered her as fearless, and “a rare voice that called out the truth that needed to be said”.

“This is very sad news for all of us at the ABC. Judith was loved and respected across the ABC, especially by our radio and regional teams around the country.”

“Judith was a terrific colleague and friend, caring deeply about the people she worked with and meeting every challenge with warmth, compassion and wit.”

“We have lost a great friend and journalism has lost a true fighter.”

*Photo credit: ABC

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