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Legendary Aussie TV veteran Caroline Jones dies

An Australian radio and television journalist who worked at the ABC for more than 40 years has died.

Caroline Jones died after a fall at her Sydney home at the age of 84.

Jones has been remembered as a trailblazing reporter who left an incredible legacy.

Caitlin Shea, executive producer of Australian Story, released a statement on Friday.

“It’s with great sadness that we announce that Caroline Jones, our dearly loved presenter of Australian Story for many years, has died,” Shea said.

“Caroline’s contribution to Australian Story is immeasurable. The program wouldn’t be where it is today without her.”

Shea said the team was remembering Jones’ grace, warmth and professionalism.

“Even after her retirement, she would regularly make contact to cheer us on from the sidelines,” she said.

“And she always promised she would do one last introduction for us.

“Caroline was a pioneer in journalism, a trailblazer for women.

“We just wish she would have let us tell her Australian Story. She was truly deserving of it.”

Caroline Jones is being remembered as a trailblazer.
Camera IconCaroline Jones is being remembered as a trailblazer. Credit: ABC

Jones was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight and the first woman to anchor Four Corners from 1972 to 1981.

At the same time, she was broadcasting on Sydney morning radio.

Jones published a number of books including a bestseller and was made an Officer of the order of Australia in 1988.

In 1997, she was voted one of Australia’s Living Treasurers.

Jones was a campaigner for Indigenous rights and won a stack of awards for her work in journalism.

She was raised in the small NSW country town of Murrurundi and in 2009 a portrait of Jones was hung in the National Portrait Gallery.

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