Caroline Jones, beyond the news, photos

By Rosemarie Milsom
Updated December 15 2013 - 3:51pm, first published December 13 2013 - 10:00pm

WHEN Caroline Jones turned her ‘‘little Volkswagen’’ into the driveway of ABCTV’s Gore Hill studios, she was filled with excitement and apprehension. It was 1969 and the naturally shy, Murrurundi-born reporter had landed the job of a lifetime at the groundbreaking national current affairs program This Day Tonight. She became the first woman news reporter on Australian television and the newspaper headlines – so overtly sexist in retrospect – made a fuss of the ‘‘girl’’ entering a male domain. She was 31.

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