TWENTY-NINE YEARS OF MAKING AND BREAKING THE NEWS
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.