Hugh Riminton

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Hugh Riminton
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Sri Lanka
Education Master's Degree
Occupation Journalist & News Presenter Foreign Correspondent
Notable credit(s) Ten Eyewitness News
Spouse(s) Sue Perry
Kumi Taguchi
Mary Lloyd (married 2010)
Children 4

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

Riminton is currently a senior reporter of Ten Eyewitness News. He previously co-anchored Ten Eyewitness News with Sandra Sully until February 2017.


Hugh Riminton joined the Australian Nine Network as a Melbourne-based general reporter in 1989. He became its London-based correspondent in 1991.

Riminton has reported from more than 40 countries, notably South Africa, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Middle East, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, South East Asia, East Timor, China, the United States and the Pacific Islands. He has received several honours for his 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'état. He was also a Walkley Awards finalist 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 hosted a Sunday morning show, Meet the Press, where he interviewed political leaders. He is also an occasional guest presenter on the Network Ten's prime time alternative news programmeThe Project.

In November 2010, Riminton was appointed as Ten News Political Editor and Bureau Chief in Canberra with Paul Bongiorno becoming National Affairs editor. He was awarded a Walkley Award in 2011 for his work, with reporter Matt Moran, in breaking the "Skype Scandal" in the Australian Defence Force, prompting more than half a dozen police and government inquiries. That year the pair received awards from the United Nations Association and the Australian Human Rights Commission for their work. They were shortlisted for the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award. In 2013, Riminton hosted current affairs program Revealed on Network Ten.

In February 2014, Network Ten appointed Riminton has anchored Ten Eyewitness News in Sydney with Sandra Sully.[2] He co-anchroed the bulletin until February 2017 when Sandra Sully took over as solo presenter.

He is actively involved in Australian Defence veterans' welfare issues as a foundation board member of the charity Soldier On.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Sri Lanka, where his father managed tea estates, Riminton migrated to New Zealand when he was five. 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. Hugh and his first wife Sue Perry had a daughter, Caitlin in 1992 in London.

Riminton graduated with a Master's Degree from Macquarie University with a major work focusing on peacekeeping policy.

In 2004, he moved to Hong Kong with Kumi Taguchi[4], whom he married in 2005. Their daughter Coco was born in November that year.

He was a solo father when he met journalist Mary Lloyd in early 2007 while working at CNN. [5] In 2009, the family moved to Canberra, Australia, where their son Jacob was born. The couple were married in Cambodia in 2010. Their daughter, Holly was born in 2011.[6]

Riminton and his wife currently raise all three children in Sydney.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Sydney - TEN Eyewitness News - Network Ten". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Helping our wounded warriors". Soldier On. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  4. ^ {{cite web|url= Away| |accessdate=2017-05-31
  5. ^ "Raising Someone Else's Child Is Hard, But So Rewarding". Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Hugh Becomes a Proud Father to a Baby Girl". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Sandra Sully (solo)
Ten Eyewitness News Sydney
Co-host with Sandra Sully

February 2014 - February 2017
Succeeded by
Sandra Sully (solo)
Preceded by
Danielle Isdale
Ten Eyewitness News Late

February 2014 - May 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paul Bongiorno
Ten Eyewitness News
Political Editor

November 2010 - January 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jim Waley

2001 - 2004
Succeeded by
Helen Kapalos