Vale Liz Jackson
We are profoundly saddened by the death of Liz Jackson, our wonderful friend and colleague and one of Australia’s finest journalists.
Following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease several years ago, Liz died peacefully in her sleep yesterday while on holiday in Greece.
ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said: “Liz Jackson was one of the greats of the ABC, an incredible journalist who inspired all around her and who Australians turned to with complete trust.
“Her work has informed and shaped this country. Her enormous talent, fearless integrity and unflinching courage will serve as a beacon for many generations of journalists and storytellers to come.”
Director of News Gaven Morris said: “You could not be around Liz without being fired by her passion and in awe of her courage. She had extraordinary talent as a storyteller, accompanied by a deep humility.
“Last year I was deeply moved and honoured to be at the Walkley Awards when Liz received the Documentary Award. As she came onto the stage with Martin, and every person in the room rose in a standing ovation, she was visibly taken aback by the love and respect.
“Liz leaves a rich legacy. We will never forget her.”
Liz Jackson graduated from the University of Melbourne before studying law in London. She joined the ABC’s Radio National in 1986, and from 1993 worked on Four Corners, with a year as presenter of Media Watch in 2005. Among many other awards and accolades she won nine Walkley awards, including the 2006 Gold Walkley.
Her most recent Walkley, the 2017 Documentary Award, was for one of her bravest pieces of work: A Sense of Self, telling her own account of her descent into Parkinson’s disease.
Liz’s family requests privacy at this time.
Statement on behalf of the Jackson and Butler family
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our loving partner, Mum and Granny Liz Jackson.
She is deeply loved. We are overwhelmed with grief at her loss.
Liz was an inspiration to many and a legendary figure at the ABC, committing her life to public interest journalism. We are enormously proud of her work.
Liz was also the most wonderful Mum and Granny, to us she will always be our best friend, confidant, storyteller, chef and with a mean forehand.
Liz has struggled in recent years with Parkinson’s Disease. She died peacefully in her sleep whilst on holiday in Greece with Martin by her side on 27 June 2018.
We will provide information for those who wish to commemorate Liz’s life in the coming days. For now we would like to request some privacy as we deal with our devastating grief.
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