Deborah Fleming-Bauer OAM
Journalist Deborah Fleming-Bauer.
AUSTRALIAN Story was conceived with a simple aim, to put its subjects front and centre, and make the journalism less visible.
Deborah Fleming-Bauer, one of the ABC show's pioneers, has been honoured for bringing this vision to life.
In a career spanning decades and earning several awards, including Walkleys, Fleming-Bauer says Australian Story is the ''most worthwhile thing I've done''. She said the show, which started in 1996, ''has found its affection and public regard''.
The program came at a time when faith in journalism had diminished.
''It was born out of a sense that people were fed up with conventional current affairs. People were cynical about reporting. It was something original and different.''
Fleming-Bauer felt ''humbled'' at receiving a medal of the Order of Australia, ''a bit overwhelmed and pleased to receive this recognition. I don't think I'd be receiving it if it wasn't for Australian Story and the team.''
Fleming-Bauer started her career in England after the Watergate affair sparked her interest in journalism, and interviewed Margaret Thatcher as a young reporter.
She came to Australia in 1979. Working in the media industry always had its surprises and she has never stopped learning, she said. ''Never let your vigilance slip. Never ever slip into complacency. There's always a curve ball waiting.''