Master of Ceremonies
Tony Jones is one of the ABC’s most respected journalists, with more than 20 years experience in radio and television news and current affairs. He hosts Q & A each Monday night and is known for his incisive and probing interviews on the breaking issues of the day. He also anchors Lateline on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Tony began hosting the award winning news and current affairs program, Lateline in 1999. In 2004, he received a Walkley for best ‘Broadcast Interviewing’, for a series of Lateline interviews and has won pretty much every award an Australian journalist could wish for. He’s covered the seminal news events of the last two decades – from the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, through the collapse of apartheid in South Africa, to the rise of the Taliban and, closer to home, the revelations of sexual abuse in remote Aboriginal communities.
Tony joined the ABC as a radio current affairs cadet working on AM, PM and The World Today. In 1985 he was seconded to Four Corners as a reporter and in 1986 joined the Dateline program on SBS. Tony returned a year later to the ABC, reporting for Four Corners where in the next three years he won a number of awards for his current affairs coverage, including a Walkley award, a Penguin Award and a Gold Medal in the New York Film and Television Festival for a story on the exploitation of Antarctica.
In 1990, he went to London as the TV current affairs correspondent, covering such stories as the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the re-unification of Germany, the Gulf War, the war in the former Yugoslavia, the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan to the Mujahadin and the collapse of apartheid in South Africa. Tony won a Walkley Award (with Kerry O’Brien and Dugald Maudsley) for Lateline’s coverage of the end of Gorbachev’s Soviet Union.
Tony returned to Sydney in 1993 as Executive Producer of Foreign Correspondent and then from 1994 – 1996 was the ABC’s Washington correspondent. He returned to Foreign Correspondent in 1997 as a reporter and covered the war crimes in Bosnia, which won him a Silver Medal for best foreign coverage in the New York Film and Television Festival. In mid 1998 Tony returned to Four Corners before joining the Lateline team a year later.
Tony was appointed as host of ABC’s Q&A, a program aimed at putting the Australian public directly in touch with the politicians and playmakers – giving them the opportunity to get some answers, eye to eye.