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

Jill Singer
Jill Leonie Singer

Died8 June 2017 (aged 60)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



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 had married two months earlier on 8 April 2017, and had a daughter from 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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