Chris Reason

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Chris Reason
Chris Reason & Kathryn Robinson 2012.jpg
Reason and wife Kathryn in 2012
Born Chris Reason
(1965-10-01) 1 October 1965 (age 51)
Australia
Occupation Journalist, News Presenter
Employer Seven Network
Spouse(s) Kathryn Robinson
Children Samuel and Lucy

Chris Reason is a senior reporter and presenter for Seven News in Sydney, Australia. He was awarded the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award for his coverage of the Lindt Cafe siege in December 2014.

Career[edit]

Reason began his career in newspapers in 1986 - first at The Redland Times then the daily metro newspaper The Sun in Brisbane. In 1989 he was signed by the Nine Network as a reporter for their News Bureau on the Gold Coast.

A year later, he moved to the Seven Network in Brisbane as Crime Reporter. In 1992, he was appointed to Seven's London Bureau, the youngest correspondent in the network's history, and a year later he was appointed Bureau Chief. After 4 years in the Bureau, he returned to Seven's Sydney Newsroom as a Senior Network Reporter.

In 2002, he was announced as co-host of the re-launched national breakfast program Sunrise alongside Melissa Doyle. But in September, Reason was diagnosed with cancer and forced to retire from the program while he underwent six months of chemotherapy, surgery and recovery care.[1] He was replaced by David Koch. The cancer was an abdominal metastasis of the testicular cancer he had fought four years earlier. Reason had missed a critical health check-up in 2001 while covering the September 11 terror attacks in the United States, and he says it almost cost him his life. In multiple interviews since, he has warned young men to never miss a health check-up.[1]

In 2003, after his recovery, Reason rolled through multiple roles - first as presenter of Seven Morning News, then the following year, presenter of Sunday Sunrise. In 2005, he was named co-host of Weekend Sunrise alongside Lisa Wilkinson, but was later replaced by Deal or No Deal host Andrew O'Keefe. Reason returned to full-time reporting as Senior Network Correspondent.

While reporting for Seven News, Reason has filed stories from many of the world's hot spots - including Bosnia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Pacific rim. He covered the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand and then Banda Aceh; the Fukushima nuclear disaster; Barack Obama's election; Nelson Mandela's funeral; the September 11 attacks; the 7/7 London terror attacks; the East Timor independence transition in 1999; Princess Diana's funeral; Schapelle Corby's sentencing; the Hong Kong handover; the Oscar Pistorius trial; the Kobe earthquake; the 2000 Fiji Coup; the 1997 Thredbo landslide; the Beaconsfield mine disaster and Prince William and Catherine's wedding. He has covered multiple Federal and State elections and eight Olympic Games.

In 2015 he won Australian journalism's highest accolade - named the Journalist of the Year after winning the Graham Perkin Award for his coverage of the Lindt Cafe siege. He has won a Walkley Award and two Logie Awards for News Reporting.

Reason is officially a back-up presenter for most of the Seven News programs, including Seven Morning News, Seven Afternoon News and Seven News Sydney. In November 2016, he filled in for regular presenter David Koch on Sunrise.

Personal life[edit]

Reason was born on 1 October 1965. He has one brother Martin and one sister Emma. His father died from brain cancer in 2006.[1] He attended Villanova College in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo and the University of Queensland (BA). Reason married journalist Kathryn Robinson in 2005.[1] They became parents to twins, Sam and Lucy,[1] in August 2007. The birth was announced the following morning on Ten Early News, which Robinson formerly presented, and then that evening on Seven News where Reason is a reporter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dasey, Annette (2 September 2013). "Chris Reason survived cancer and the death of his father, ten years on he is counting his blessings". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2015. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1998 at 33 

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Preceded by
Mark Beretta
Sunrise
Co-host with Melissa Doyle

2002
Succeeded by
David Koch
Preceded by
Sunday Sunrise
Weekend Sunrise
Co-host with Lisa Wilkinson

2005–2006
Succeeded by
Andrew O'Keefe
Preceded by
Chris Bath
Sunday Sunrise
Presenter

2004–2005
Succeeded by
Weekend Sunrise
Preceded by
Garry Wilkinson
Seven Morning News
Presenter

2003
Succeeded by
Chris Bath