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Melissa Moore (1987-92)

Gidday All 
Well what a surprise to hear about this reunion - would’ve been great to see you all of you ratbags and share beverage or three!  So many great memories of my time there, that started down on North Terrace as a “copy boy” (along with Mark McGowan) in 1987, fresh out of high school.  We were the last copy boy-to-cadet mob. After this folks would need a degree.  I loved being a copy person and getting to know all the unique versions of “copy!” that would be called out across the floor.  I’ve never forgotten having to fill out dozens of those damn index cards for Big Dave at the greyhound desk, or being taken up the Strath for my first drink (a Midori and lemonade, don’t ask why I still remember) by some of the old guard on my 18th birthday.  I never did quite master the whole short-hand thing, even with the best attempts and patience of our teacher, Carol Molnar.
After The News closed, I traveled and worked across Canada for nearly two years (quite a bit of time with former News copy girl, Joanne Scott)and then spent some time in the US before returning to work at The Advertiser.  Following that, I had a terrific time working with John Field and the imitable Shazza Miller at Field Business Services in the Adelaide and Sydney offices.  I still use much of what I learned about writing and PR gained from my time at The News, The Advertiser and FBS to this day. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to your shin-dig since I now live in Colorado in the good ol’ USA and have done so for the past 12 years.  In 1999 I won a Green Card in the lottery which is held every year – yep, literally, I was pulled out of the hat!  As a once-in-a-lifetime thing I had to go for it and brought a one-way ticket over here.
 For the past 12 years I have been working as a senior director overseeing a variety of divisions from Lodging to Guest Services to Retail in two, world-class ski resorts, Copper Mountain and Winter Park (both an hour or so west of Denver) where we host nearly 1 million visitors a year.  Yes, quite the departure from journalism but not far removed from my family background in restaurants and hotels.  So, here I am living high in the Rocky Mountains with my husband of two years, Joe, (I am a late bloomer, took me 39 years to find the right bloke) and two dogs.  I ski a ton every winter and in the summer it’s all about hiking and rafting up here.  
 Currently I am the General Manager of Lodging at Winter Park Resort where I oversee the management of 600+ condos and a team of 150 employees in a $6 million division.  I am in the middle of getting my MBA at UniSA (figured it was about time I finally got myself some “skooling”!), so still feel very connected to Adelaide via its International Graduate School Of Business.  Wishing everyone a very happy reunion.  Be sure to give me a shout if you’re ever in the neighborhood and want to head out onto the hill for some turns!

Cheers, Melissa Moore Melissa_J_Moore@msn.com 

 Melissa Moore


Robyn Kerrison (1990-92)

Some of you probably already know that my original plan upon leaving The News (quick season in the snowfields followed by a glorious career working on UK newspapers/magazines) fell down even before I had made it out of Adelaide. In the end I spent a brief spell in Jindabyne working at the truly awful local paper before running away to Melbourne. I was happy to be able to resume my tradition of long lunches with Mark Mc while subbing at TV Week for about 18 months. By then the travel funds were in decent shape again and I left for two years of kayaking expeditions in India, Syria, Sudan and Europe. No UK. No working. No income.Back to Australia, then, utterly broke. This time to Sydney. It took a frighteningly long time to find a gig (even Take 5 magazine interviewed me and turned me down, FFS!!), but finally I found some work subbing for a too-hip-for-words publishing house that produced "asprirational" titles. Tossers. The day I agreed to a permanent, full-time job there, the realization of what I’d done actually made me cry! I quit the next day.Before the week was out, I'd had a call from the Bulletin offering a couple of weeks' casual subbing, which lasted five blissful years. I hung in there, through the big population exchange between ACP and Fairfax and then, in 2000, with another wholly inadequate pot of dosh to fund it, I went off to Lebanon for a year to finish up the degree in Arabic I'd been doing on the side (in the hope that one day I'd launch a dazzling career as a foreign correspondent, of course).  I was working at The Daily Star then. It was a big year: Aerial bombardments, occupation forces leaving, neighbouring dictator dying and bequeathing the presidency to his supposedly kinder, gentler opthamologist son… But I watched while a gazillion (literally - a gazillion) foreign correspondents parachuted in with no knowledge of the countries or the issues, elbowing each other aside to reach the same handful of "experts", because there wasn't time to do real research... And another dazzling career plan faded.Toward the end of my time in Lebanon I did a bit of work for the UN, and started thinking of a different career. Back to Australia, broke again. Back to uni for another bit of parchment. And then to Australian Red Cross, helping asylum seekers banged up in Woomera and Baxter Detention Centres try to locate scattered family members in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.Next Fiji and then Papua New Guinea with the international Red Cross. Then a holiday in Morocco and a possibly rash house purchase. A year in Khartoum, then briefly back to Australia. Sudan again next, this time with the UN in Darfur, twice (slow learner). Next mission was Afghanistan with yet another bit of the UN, this time working on human rights protection for refugees and internally displaced persons. And now I’m in Haiti, working on human rights protection again. So, there you go. The career's turned out to be more grubby and gritty than glittering, but I like it.  I've often wondered where you all are and what you're up to and I'd absolutely love to hear from any/all of you, so please feel free to drop me a line at socksandroughjustice@gmail.com. Enormous hugs to all and I really wish I could be there for the reunion. (PS, big thanks to Jane for the heads-up!)

robyn kerrison


Grant Rowlands (1968-71 and 1978-92)

Grant started at The News in 1968 as a copy boy, became a cadet finance reporter  working at the stock exchange in 1969  and a D grade journalist for The Advertiser in finance in 1971. He did a two-year stint for SMH as senior finance writer in 1974 and rejoined the Murdoch camp as deputy finance editor of the Sydney Daily Mirror  in 1976. Grant returned to The News as deputy Finance Editor in 1978. From 1980 to 1989 he was Finance Editor of The News and was the driving force behind the development of the first major monthly business insert into afternoon newspapers – Money News --  and the launch of the first  investment expo in SA in 1984—Money News Investment Expo. In 1989 he was appointed General Manager. After the closure of The News, Grant became chief executive of the Australian Institute of Management (1992-96), Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for the Ageing (1996-1997), Strategic Communications Manager the Adelaide City Council (1998-2005), Strategic Communications Consultant,  Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council UK (2005),  and Strategic Communications Manager Department of Education and Children’s Services (2006-2008).In 2008 Grant and Helen decided to put corporate city life behind them and opened a 134 seat restaurant and art gallery --- Palate 2 Palette --  in the tourist seaside town of Port Broughton (www:palate2palette.com.au). The fishing is great up here and there is a lovely B&B right next door to our place so you don’t have to drive after you enjoy a sumptuous meal and great wine at Palate 2 PaletteI planned to get to the reunion,  but owning a restaurant has its own demands particularly on weekends. I still look back at my time at The News and think how lucky I was to choose such a great career which enabled you to work with and meet the most interesting people of an era. The News was a great newspaper and pacesetter in many ways, particularly in SA --- computerisation, pagination, colourisation.  Now every day when I open The Advertiser I am reminded of this fact because we at The News laid the groundwork for that newspaper. I still believe that we in our final days were producing a top notch world class daily afternoon newspaper and we all should be proud to say I worked at The News. 

grant rowlands 


Jane Schulze (1991-92)

I was in the last group of graduate cadets taken on by The News in 1991, and received a wild introduction to the world of media when I was unemployed a year later!  The love of print journalism that I first tasted at The News stayed with me throughout my career, working at the Herald Sun, PA News in London, The Age and then The Australian. I became a business journalist and specialised in Media company reporting. And for most of that time News Corporation was the largest media company on the ASX. So it was always quite surreal when I’d get press releases from News Corp in New York with the words ``Incorporated in South Australia’’ written prominently at the top of the page beneath the company name…a hangover from Rupert’s ownership of The News. It would always remind me of my time on the paper. Three years ago I started a business called Standard Media Index. I’ve been in Sydney for the past ten years and am always keen to hear from any former News colleagues. Email Jane JSchulze@standardmediaindex.com

Jane Schulze 


Tony Tassell (1985-91)

Tony, the youngest-ever Business Editor at The News, has gone on to a distinguished career in financial journalism in the UK.  For the last four years, Tony has had a front-row seat on the global financial crisis and the Eurozone debacle, working at the heart of the Financial Times as Financial News Editor. Tony's previous jobs have included Mumbai correspondent, Philippines correspondent, Lex columnist, Investment correspondent covering shareholder issues, Deputy Markets Editor and Deputy UK Companies editor. Although Tony doesn't write a lot now, he occasionally contributes commentary on banks or finance for ft.com or joins the markets live chat on the newspaper's blog FT Alphaville.. Tony tweets a lot under @tonytassell or you can email him at tony.tassell@ft.com.

Tony can't make it to The News 20-Year Reunion, but you can check below for Tony's blog post which provided this updated summary on what he's up to.

Tony Tassell


 Randall Ashbourne

Former political editor at The News, Randall Ashbourne, whose subsequent political career in SA was an early fatality of the Rann Government, now advises investors on how to apply astrology to stock market trading. Randall now describes himself as former journalist and political strategist turned stock trader. In his recently published ebook, The Idiot and the Moon, Randall asks if the position of the planet Jupiter can consistently predict the timing of Bull market tops and Bear bottoms? Although Randall acknowledges that the kneejerk response of many readers will be to dismiss that assertion as superstitious nonsense, he goes on to claim: “It is simply a clearly demonstrable fact that trading The Moods of The Moon - the monthly phases of the lunar cycle - produces steady and reliable profits across any long-term timeframe.” Check out Randall’s stellar stock market strategy for yourself at www.theidiotandthemoon.com or email randall@theidiotandthemoon.com.


News flash: Randall plans to attend The News 20-Year Reunion
Randall Ahbourne

Michelle Wiese Bockmann (Michelle Munn)

Michelle is now based in London working as a journalist for Bloomberg News, covering commodities shipping and global trade. She has been married to Neil Wiese for 15 years and they have 13-year-old twins, Amalia and Alexander. Neil is working as managing editor for IHS Fairplay, a global maritime publishing company. They moved to the UK nearly six years ago after living and working in Panama, and Miami, Florida, as well as Adelaide (Neil with the ABC and Michelle with The Australian). Michelle's email is mwiesebockma@bloomberg.net

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Leon Mead (1986-92)

If you like the rotating photos at the top left of this website, that's because they were taken by the brilliant Leon Mead. Leon lives a hermitically sealed life with his beloved Bea and their boys, Luke and James, in Broome, on the North West coast of Australia. When not occasionally venturing south for less sweltering summers at Goolwa, Leon runs a successful photographic business out of Broome with clients including The Australian, Melbourne's Herald Sun and the Courier-Mailin Brisbane. Leon has a great excuse for not being at The News Reunion: "We'll be in the Buccaneer archipelago, Kimberley, in our 6.7 metre fish boat with Bob LeDan, dodging crocodiles and catching Barra - or we would be there!" he explains. Yet there's hope for those of us who miss Loop with a rumour that the whole Mead clan may migrate south for good in the next year or two for the kids to do their post-high school study in Adelaide.

Check out Leon's website at http://www.leonmeadphotography.com/ or email him at leon@leonmeadphotography.com



If you can't make it to The News Reunion, but want to let your former colleagues know what's up with you, this is the place to do it. Either post a comment below or send a note and photo to John Harris at jharris@impress.com.au


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