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Jill Leonie Singer (1957[1] – 8 June 2017) was an Australian journalist, writer and television presenter.

Jill Singer
Born Jill Leonie Singer
Korumburra, Victoria, Australia
Died 8 June 2017 (aged 60)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death AL Amyloidosis
Occupation Journalist
Children 1



Singer began her career in journalism as an ABC radio trainee in 1984. She eventually became a senior reporter for The 7.30 Report on ABC and later presented the Victorian edition of Today Tonight on the Seven Network.[2]

She presented for The 7.30 Report, The Arts Show, 2-shot and People Dimensions (ABC TV) She was the executive producer of ABC TV's national morning news and current affairs program First Edition. She wrote a weekly column for Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper between 1997 and 2012,[3] and lectured in television journalism at RMIT University in Melbourne. She made regular appearances on The Conversation Hour (ABC 774) and on Sky News Australia's Melbourne Report.[citation needed] In 2005 she published a book about commercial surrogacy, Immaculate Conceptions : Thoughts on babies, breeding and boundaries.[4]


In 1992, Singer won the Walkley Award for Best Investigative Television Journalist for Baby M, a story on the death of an infant with severe abnormalities.[5] In 1997, Singer was highly commended at the Quill Awards for her Herald Sun column. In 1999, Singer won the Quill Award for Best Television Current Affairs report[6] for an investigation into Exxon Mobil.

In 2010, Singer and Lisa Whitehead won the Quill Award for Best Television Current Affairs (less than 15 minutes) for a report on flaws in the criminal justice system's treatment of domestic violence victims.[7][5]

Personal life and death

In February 2017, Singer was diagnosed with terminal AL amyloidosis.[8] On 8 June 2017, a post by her family on Singer's Facebook page announced that she had died at the age of 60 in Melbourne, Victoria.[9] She was survived by her widower, whom she married two months earlier on 8 April 2017, and her daughter, born of her first marriage.[10]


  1. ^ "Jill Singer, 1957–2017". ABC. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Conference speakers and organisers". Multicultural Media Exchange. Retrieved 8 June 2017. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Singer gets 'boned' from tabloid column,, 2 March 2012.
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  5. ^ a b "Journalist fought for what she believed in". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Quills Honour Roll 1999 Archived 18 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed 24 August 2017.
  7. ^ Best TV Current Affairs/Feature Under 10 minutes Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ Dmytryshchak, Goya; Cunningham, Melissa (8 April 2017). "Journalist Jill Singer diagnosed with terminal illness". The Age. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Veteran journalist and broadcaster Jill Singer has died age 60". Herald Sun. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Aussie TV's forgotten queen". Retrieved 25 August 2017. 

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