Ian Henderson Awarded the OHA Medal

Respected ABC newsreader, Ian Henderson (OH '70) was awarded the prestigious 2013 Old Haileyburians Association Medal at the Haileybury Founders Day Assembly.

The Old Haileyburians Association Medal is awarded to an Old Haileyburian in recognition and appreciation of exceptional achievement to the community beyond expectation in their field of endeavour. Given that there are now in excess of 14000 members of the Old Haileyburians Association, to be awarded this medal is a significant achievement.

One of the most recognisable faces on ABC television, Ian attended Haileybury from 1959 to 1970.

He joined the ABC in April 1980 and was State Political Reporter from 1982 to 1987 and was London Correspondent in the UK from 1987 to 1990. His most memorable moments of this period were reporting the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990.  

In 1991 Ian was appointed News Editor for Victoria. Since 1992 he has presented the 7pm news bulletin on ABC one and has remained a senior member of the editorial team.

Ian has hosted the ABC’s state election night seven times and moderated several live leaders’ debates.

During the 2009 Victorian bushfires Ian anchored national coverage from various locations affected by Black Saturday.

He also hosted the national memorial service for bushfire victims, "Together for Victoria", which was seen around Australia and the world.

Today he is one of the most experienced, well-known and respected newsreaders in Australia and a worthy recipient of this honour.

Ian is the 6th winner of this award following in the footsteps of previous winners;

  • 2008 - Honorable Justice Lex Lasry (OH '66)
  • 2009 - Mr Tony Taggart (OH '69)
  • 2010 - Dr Ian Watterson (OH '75)
  • 2011 - Professor Geoffrey Gleghorn (OH '71)
  • 2012 - Professor Simon Molesworth (OH '71)