Mark Colvin scholarship winner announced

The ABC, in partnership with Kidney Health Australia have announced Alex Tighe as the recipient of the inaugural Mark Colvin journalism scholarship.

The 12-month paid cadetship commemorates the life and work of the esteemed ABC journalist, who died in 2017 due to complications related to kidney disease.

His Excellency Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove congratulated Alex during a ceremony at Admiralty House in Sydney as part of Kidney Health Australia’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Managing Director of the ABC, Michelle Guthrie, says “Alex’s work in law and journalism demostrates the qualities of critical analysis, creativity and curiosity that Mark (Colvin) held so dear”

Mark Colvin joined the ABC as a cadet in 1974 and is regarded as a prominent part of the ABC for more than four decades as a reporter, correspondent and presenter of ABC Radio’s PM.

He was admired and respected by colleagues and audiences for his formidable intellect, sharp wit and integrity.

Mark’s work at the ABC included 2JJ (now triple j), Nationwide, Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent, The 7.30 Report and Lateline.

Alex started his journalism career at 13 hosting a program on community radio.

Since then, in community media, he has worked as a writer, editor and radio producer.

His work includes a story on his mother’s kidney disease and the challenges of accessing medical treatment in regional NSW.

Alex, who has held internships at ABC RN, triple j and Four Corners and worked as a paralegal and media adviser for a Sydney law firm, says : “Mark Colvin was an incredible journalist and a great man, and it’s humbling to hold a scholarship in his name.”

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