TWENTY-NINE YEARS OF MAK­ING AND BREAK­ING THE NEWS

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JO HALL, who be­gan her ca­reer in jour­nal­ism at a sub­ur­ban news­pa­per, joined Chan­nel 9 as a ju­nior re­porter in 1979.

In 1990 she be­came the first wo­man to win a Thorn Award, a na­tional jour­nal­ism award, for her re­port on a siege at a Hawthorn kinder­garten. An­other mem­o­rable mo­ment came in 1983, when cov­er­ing the Ash Wed­nes­day bush­fires as they swept through Anglesea.

Con­fronted by a wall of fire, Hall and her crew raced to their car.

‘‘I jumped be­hind the wheel and the crew hopped in the back. Had the en­gine not started I be­lieve we wouldn’t be here now,’’ Hall says.

News boss Michael Venus says: ‘‘The se­cret to Jo’s longevity is she’s very, very good at what she does. She’s her own harsh­est critic. Like fine red wine, she con­tin­ues to get bet­ter with age.’’

Hall has had of­fers from net­works keen to poach her from Nine, but she has stayed loyal to her em­ployer of 29 years.

‘‘It (Nine) has been my life, in a lot of ways,’’ Hall says. ‘‘The news­room has al­ways felt like it was my other fam­ily.’’

Hey Mum: Jo Hall and her four chil­dren.

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