|Jeff McMullen Ph.D|
"International Journalist, Award Winning Documentary Maker"
Born in Sydney, Australia McMullen was still a small boy when he accompanied his father, a member of the RAAF, to live in Penang, at the height of the Malay Emergency. He has been attracted to far-flung destinations ever since. He has covered the highest war on earth in the Himalayas and more than thirty other conflicts, including the genocide in Rwanda. He has camped with a lost tribe of Stone Age Indians in the Amazon, drunk mare’s milk with nomads in Mongolia, swum with sea-lions and iguanas in the Galapagos Islands, dived with whalesharks, climbed active volcanoes and been stranded in a tent for 17 days in Antarctica after filming six men and their huskies on the longest trek ever made across that frozen continent.|
Educated at Sydney’s Macquarie University (BA in literature, history and political philosophy) McMullen has a Doctorate of Journalism (Hon) from Central Queensland University and continues to speak out on the need for ethical reform in journalism.
At eighteen years of age, McMullen was the youngest ABC foreign correspondent of his day, reporting from Papua New Guinea, then at twenty from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and India. At 24, McMullen began twelve years in the United States, first as the ABC’s New York correspondent, then Washington correspondent. He covered the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile and the major political story of his era, the Watergate scandal and the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon. Later, as a roving reporter for ‘Four Corners’ based in New York, his triology of documentaries from the war zones of Central America won him a United Nations Media Peace Prize. After almost two decades with the ABC McMullen spent the next sixteen years wandering more of the world as a reporter on Sixty Minutes.
For many years, McMullen has worked on a number of humanitarian projects to help the disadvantaged - the Merry Makers group for Down Sydnrome children, Youth Insearch of Australia which arranges weekend camps and counselling for teenagers in trouble, the Melbourne based Mirabel Foundation which supports children left behind by parents who died of drug addiction. the SANE Australia campaign seeking more government assistance for people with depression and other mental illnesses, and the Australian Red Cross to assist refugees and the victims of war. As a Director of Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth Trust, McMullen is now working to improve medical services for aboriginal children in the Jawoyn remote communities near Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Synopsis of presentations:
"What can I say but awesome, brilliant and one of the best in the world. His message was so appropriate for our global organization."
-- Golden Key International Honor Society, Atlanta, GA USA
Syndrome X - The Silent Plague
A Life of Extremes - published by HarperCollins
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