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Ian Henschke

Position: Chief Advocate


Ian is working to raise the profile of older people and to strengthen the collective voice of National Seniors members. A teacher before choosing a career in the media in 1980, Ian has worked in film, television, radio and print for 37 years. He has served on the board of the ABC, presented regular radio programs and won prestigious media awards, including UN Media Peace Prizes in 2007 and 2009. Ian was named Telstra Rural Journalist of the Year in 1998 and was a finalist in the prestigious Walkley Awards twice. He was recognised for his service to Australian society through broadcasting’ with the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003.

He continues to write a column for the The Advertiser’s SA Weekend magazine since it was launched in 2009.

Ian Henschke was the inaugural ABC Reuters Foundation/Chevening Fellow to Oxford in 1999 where he negotiated a co-production between 4 Corners and BBC World. He graduated from Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Diploma of Education in 1977.

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