Hugh Riminton

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Hugh Riminton (born 1961 in Sri Lanka) is a journalist, foreign correspondent and television news presenter.

Raised in New Zealand, he began work as a cadet reporter, aged 17 in Christchurch before moving to Australia in 1983 to work for the Macquarie Radio Network in Perth and Melbourne.


In 1989, he joined the Australian Nine Network. He became its London-based correspondent in 1991 and during his time in London, had his first daughter Caitlin. While at Nine, Hugh reported for every National Nine News and current affairs program.

Over the next decade he won several honours for his international reporting work, including a Logie Award (1996) for coverage of Tahiti's independence movement and a Walkley Award for his coverage of the 2000 Fijian coup d'etat. He was also nominated for Walkley Awards for reportage in Papua New Guinea (1998), Kosovo (1999), Southern Sudan (1999) and Iraq (2003).

In 2001, he was appointed full-time presenter of the Nine Network's national evening news program Nightline, where he remained until joining CNN in December 2004. From Sri Lanka, he reported and presented during CNN's Alfred Dupont Award-winning coverage of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. He also reported extensively from Iraq, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere during this time. In Hong Kong he had his second daughter Coco. A son, Jacob, was born in Canberra in June 2009.

From January 2005 until September 2008, he co-anchored CNN Today with Kristie Lu Stout out of Hong Kong. During that time, the programme twice won the Asian Television Award for Asia-Pacific's Best News Programme.[1]

Riminton left CNN in 2009, to take up a position as senior political correspondent for Australia's Ten News. He also hosts a Sunday morning show, Meet the Press, where he interviews politicians. He is also an occasional guest presenter on the Network Ten's The 7PM Project.

In November 2010, Hugh was appointed as Ten News Political Editor and Bureau Chief in Canberra with Paul Bongiorno becoming National Affairs editor.

Personal Life

Riminton holds a Masters degree on peacekeeping policy from Macquarie University. Riminton was married to Kumi Taguchi, presenter and producer for ABC News 24. They gave birth to a daughter, Coco, in Hong Kong in January of 2006. Riminton also has a daughter, 18, from a previous marriage.[2] In December 2010, Hugh married longtime partner Mary Lloyd in Cambodia.


Media offices
Preceded by
Jim Waley

2001 - 2004
Succeeded by
Helen Kapalos
Preceded by
Paul Bongiorno
Ten News
Political Editor

November 2010 - present
Succeeded by