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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Hugh Riminton

Network Ten
Political editor
@hughriminton

Hugh Riminton presents TEN Eyewitness News in Sydney. In a 35-year career, he has been a foreign correspondent with CNN and the Nine Network, reporting from nearly 50 countries. He was political editor at TEN from 2009-2014. He has reported from numerous war and conflict zones, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, East Timor, the Balkans and Israel’s wars with its neighbours among others. Career highlights include covering the end of apartheid South Africa, reporting the Iraq war for CNN and making Colin Powell cry. (There’s a story in that.) He reported the Port Arthur massacre, the Thredbo disaster, China’s Sichuan earthquake, and once bought hundreds of slaves in Africa in order to set them free. In Canberra, alongside Matt Moran, he broke the SKYPE scandal, sparking half a dozen government inquiries and a police investigation, and prompting profound cultural shifts within the Australian Defence Force. He has received numerous awards including two Walkleys, a Logie, honours from the Australian Human Rights Commission and the UN Association Media Award. He was shortlisted as Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year. International citations include a DuPont-Columbia Award. The flagship CNN program he anchored from Hong Kong was twice named Best News Program in Asia. Hugh is a foundation board member of Soldier On, which supports Australian Defence personnel who have suffered through service in recent wars. Hugh lives in Sydney with his wife, journalist Mary Lloyd, and four children.

Hugh Riminton in six words: Long time trouble-seeker: now with hairdressing. 

Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?

I was a hospital cleaner in a provincial town when I met a radio news director who offered me a job. I was 17, a dope-smoking directionless kid but I was curious about the world and hungry for something. That $49/week cadetship was the making of me. I have followed my curiosity around the world, from war zones to the White House and I still can’t believe my luck.

Along the way I slowly recognised the essential power of stories. It is through stories that humans understand themselves and each other. Mere data doesn’t cut it. Every hack trying to tell a yarn carries some fragment of the DNA that lived in Homer and the spinners of the Bible. With whatever we’ve got, we should be trying to live up to that.

A career moment I’m proud of is …

Covering the Iraq war for CNN; anchoring CNN’s global coverage of the 2004 tsunami from the ground; reporting the end of apartheid; reporting (with Matt Moran) the SKYPE scandal in such a way that it forced profound cultural change within the Australian Defence Force and gave a young woman some chance of justice.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

The stoicism of the wretched; to see face-to-face the courage of people who are suffering, to stand with them even in fleeting solidarity and to tell their stories.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

With a small good team, in a difficult place, with a story to tell.

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

Anything which helps us tell stories from where they are happening, in real time.

Other storytellers I admire are …

Peter Jennings, Bill Neely, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Harvey, Michael Ware

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

Don’t worry. You have no idea the fun you’re going to have.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

Stories and ideas.