Hugh Riminton

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Hugh Riminton
Hugh Riminton in 2011 (cropped).jpg
Riminton in 2011
Born1961 (age 57–58)
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales
EducationMaster's Degree
  • Foreign correspondent
  • journalist
  • news presente
EmployerNetwork Ten
  • Sue Perry (m. 1980s; div. 1990s)
  • Kumi Taguchi
    (m. 2005; div. 2006)
  • Mary Lloyd (m. 2010)

Hugh Riminton (born 1961) is an Australian foreign correspondent, journalist and television news presenter. He is currently a senior reporter of Ten Eyewitness News. He previously co-anchored Ten Eyewitness News with Sandra Sully until February 2017.

Early life and education[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. Riminton graduated with a Master's Degree from Macquarie University with a major work focusing on peacekeeping policy.[citation needed]


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-anchored 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]

In 2017 Hachette Australia published Riminton's autobiography, Minefields: A life in the news game.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Riminton married Sue Perry from the 1980s to the 1990s and had a daughter in 1992 in London.[citation needed] In 2004, he moved to Hong Kong with Kumi Taguchi,[5] whom he married from 2005 to 2006. Their daughter was born in November 2005.

Riminton was a solo father when he met journalist Mary Lloyd in early 2007 while working at CNN.[6] In 2009, the family moved to Canberra, Australia, where their son was born. The couple were married in Cambodia in 2010. Their daughter was born in 2011.[7]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Sydney - TEN Eyewitness News - Network Ten". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Helping our wounded warriors". Soldier On. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ Riminton, Hugh (2017). Minefields: A life in the news game. Hachette Australia. ISBN 9780733638763. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Anchors Away". Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Raising Someone Else's Child Is Hard, But So Rewarding". Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Hugh Becomes a Proud Father to a Baby Girl". Retrieved 12 March 2017.
Media offices
Preceded by
Appointment re-instated
Ten News First
National Affairs Editor

January 2019 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ten Eyewitness News/ Ten News First Sydney
Senior Reporter

February 2017 - January 2019
Succeeded by
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
Brad Hodson
Ten Eyewitness News
Senior Political Correspondent

late 2009 - November 2010
Succeeded by
Position folded
Preceded by
Paul Bongiorno
Ten Eyewitness News
Political editor

November 2010 - January 2014
Succeeded by
Position folded
Preceded by
Jim Waley

2001 - 2004
Succeeded by
Helen Kapalos