Graeme Dobell, a journalist since 1971, has spent his career reporting on Australian and international politics, foreign affairs and defence, and the Asia Pacific.
He is Journalist Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, writing for ASPI’s blog, The Strategist.http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/
From 2008 to 2012 he wrote ‘The Canberra Column’ for The Interpreter, the blog of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is Radio Australia’s Associate Editor for the Asia Pacific, an emeritus post honouring his work for Radio Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 1975 to 2008.
Graeme was the ABC’s South East Asia radio correspondent in Singapore (1989-91) and an ABC correspondent in London (1983-5). He did several stints as the Canberra-based Foreign Affairs & Defence Correspondent for Radio Australia from 1978 to 2008, reporting also for ABC radio news and current affairs programs. He worked as a journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra in 1978-81, 1986-89 and 1991-2008. From 2001 to 2003, he was the presenter of ABC Television’s weekly review of the week in Federal Parliament, ‘Order in the House’.
Starting as a newspaper journalist in 1971 in Melbourne on The Herald, Graeme joined the ABC in 1975 and concentrated on reporting politics and international affairs, serving as a correspondent in Europe, America and throughout Asia and the Pacific.
In reporting on Asia, Graeme covered the security dialogue of the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit and a dozen APEC summits. Assignments in his career have included the Falklands War, coups in Fiji, Thailand and the Philippines, Beijing after the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square and the return of Hong Kong to China.
In 2011, Graeme was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs “for his distinguished contribution to journalism through his reporting on politics and international affairs.”He is the author of the book Australia Finds Home — the Choices and Chances of an Asia Pacific Journey, published in 2000.
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