We are delighted to welcome business and political journalist, Jennifer Hewett to the Board of Trustees.
Jennifer is a highly respect columnist, more recently and most notably in national affairs for the leading financial newspaper in the country, the Australian Financial Review. She has written on business and politics for over three decades for a variety of leading Australian papers, and is also well known and respected across radio and television networks.
“Jennifer is an outstanding person and we are thrilled that she will be joining us and making a wonderful contribution to our work of funding world-class research projects in Australia,” said Chairman of the ACRF Board, Mr Tom Dery.
Jennifer’s journalistic career has spanned some 36 years – from WA Newspapers in Perth in 1976, then with the Sydney Morning Herald as a member of the Canberra Press Gallery and in key foreign correspondent roles in both New York and Washington. Her first role at the Australian Financial Review was as a political and business feature writer in the 1980s and early 90s.
She completed her Masters in Journalism at New York’s Columbia University.
Mr Dery has said that Jennifer’s “integrity, journalistic skills and experience will be of great assistance to the work of ACRF.”
“She is highly thought of at senior business and government levels and has certainly made her mark as a respected correspondent.”
Sadly, Jennifer lost her husband, Peter Ruehl, a very popular and much-missed humour columnist with the Australian Financial Review, in 2011. She has three children and lives in Sydney.
Jennifer is now the National Affairs Columnist for the Australian Financial Review.