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Jo Chandler

Walkley Award winning journalist and author Jo Chandler

Walkley award winning journalist and author Jo Chandler has filed reports from some of the most challenging places on the planet including sub-Saharan Africa, Antarctica and Afghanistan, yet it was closer to home that her life was most threatened.

In 2011, while on assignment for The Age newspaper, Jo travelled to Daru Island in the Torres Strait.  Located just off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea, Daru is home to approximately 20,000 people and a short ride in a tinny from Australia’s most northern tip of Cape York Peninsula.

Daru is also home to the world’s worst outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis – the silent terrorist on Australia’s doorstep and the killing machine that kidnapped Jo Chandler’s health for two years.

In her radio debut, Jo Chandler returned to Daru for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing.  Her report “Ebola with Wings: the TB crisis on our doorstep” has just been nominated as a finalist for the Australian Museum’s Eureka Prize for Science Journalism.  Congratulations Jo!


About the author: Dean


Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador.
Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On The Line. A tireless advocate for people living with HIV and ENUF Ambassador, Dean coordinated and hosted JOY 94.9’s groundbreaking radio and video web streaming broadcast, World AIDS Day Worldwide, a global 24 hour conversation held on December 1 2013, World AIDS Day. In 2013 JOY 94.9 presented Dean with the Addam Stobbs Broadcast Excellence Award and Living Positive Victoria presented him with their coveted Community Endeavour Award. Dean's work in promoting gay men’s health saw Hide And Seek receive the HIV Awareness Media Award from Living Positive Victoria in 2013.


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