Charlotte Glennie

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Charlotte Glennie (born c.1972) is an award-winning New Zealand journalist, who became the first Asia correspondent for Television New Zealand.[1][2] She reported on the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that followed, and won the Supreme and Best Senior Reporter Qantas Media Awards, and the New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian tsunami) for her coverage.[2][3][4] She is currently the China correspondent for the Australia Network.

Glennie grew up in Auckland,[5] where she attended the Diocesan School for Girls. The school presented her in 2006 with a Women2Watch award for former pupils.[6] She has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Otago, and a Diploma in Journalism from the Auckland University of Technology in 1995.[1][4][7]

She has worked as a radio newsreader, and covered New Zealand's first MMP election in 1996 as a reporter in the parliamentary press gallery.[7]

She suffered a serious accident in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 4 July 2001, falling 8 m down a cliff near a seaside swimming pool. The fall came at the conclusion of a 10-month personal tour travelling from New Zealand to London through Asia. Ambulance officers airlifted Glennie to hospital with multiple injuries including an open fractured femur. Her parents flew in to see her while she received surgery and treatment at the hospital in Dubrovnik. She transferred by private jet to Wellington Hospital in London, and later flew back to New Zealand to spend several weeks in Auckland City Hospital.[8][9]

Reporting for Close Up, she covered the first visit of a New Zealand warship to a Russian port on 10 June 2005.[10] To film the visit, she accompanied the Royal New Zealand Navy from Nagoya, Japan, travelling aboard HMNZS Endeavour and HMNZS Te Mana to the port of Vladivostok. During the voyage she was transferred via rope between the two New Zealand vessels.[11] In October 2005, Glennie visited North Korea, and became the first New Zealand journalist to film there officially.[12] For ONE News she covered the execution of Van Tuong Nguyen, reporting live outside Changi Prison.[13]

In 2006, TVNZ closed down the $500,000-a-year Hong Kong based Asia bureau due to budget constraints.[14] TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Bill Ralston made Glennie an offer to run the bureau from New Zealand, but she declined, deciding to remain working as a journalist in Asia.[1] The Australia Network employed her in June 2006, and as of 2008 she is their China correspondent based in Beijing.[4] In this role she covered the 2008 Sichuan earthquake,[15] and reported on the 2008 Summer Olympics including air pollution, algae at the sailing venue, and preparations of the Chinese athletes.[16] Members of her crew were assaulted outside a university in Xining, near Tibet, on 19 March 2008, while attempting to talk to some students; someone claiming to be the director of the university attacked both her interpreter and camera operator.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Casinader, Jehan (1 November 2006). "An Asian affair". Unlimited Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  2. ^ a b Scherer, Karyn (1 October 2007). "A chance to see history in the making". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Special Service Medal (Asian tsunami)". New Zealand Defence Force. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  4. ^ a b c "Charlotte Glennie, China Correspondent". Australia Network. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Charlotte Glennie". Metro. December 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-12. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Women2Watch". Diocesan School for Girls. Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Insight - Prime time" (PDF). Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  8. ^ Devereux, Monique (22 August 2001). "Unlucky break for TV reporter". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  9. ^ Zander, Bianca (22 January 2005). "Upfront: Charlotte Glennie". The Listener. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  10. ^ "New Zealand Navy pays first visit to Vladivostok, Russia". Vladivostok Novosti. June 14, 2005. Archived from the original on May 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  11. ^ "Navy Today - Sea Passage to Russia" (PDF). Royal New Zealand Navy. August 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  12. ^ "Secretive Nation". TVNZ. 24 October 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  13. ^ "(Video) One News Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie after Nguyen Tuong Van's execution". TVNZ. 2 December 2005. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  14. ^ Drinnan, John (10 August 2007). "Kirk on the (press) bench". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  15. ^ "ABC Correspondent Charlotte Glennie updates the China quake situation". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  16. ^ "China opens aperture for foreign media to top athletes". Xinhua News Agency. 10 November 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  17. ^ "ABC crew assulted by Chinese official". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12.