"Tony has his job and I have my job and they don't need to cross-fertilise but the reason we brought him in on this project is that he is actually the best television writer I know of in Australia. Calling out the contribution of the team around her is something Ferguson does frequently. Ferguson was born in Nigeria in 1965 to adventurous parents, Iain and Marjorie Ferguson, who nurtured in her a quest for an interesting life. In the same year that she worked on The Killing Season and wrote a book about the series, she wrote and presented Hitting Home , the landmark series on domestic violence. More than 97 million Americans have already voted. Not alone. "Looking back now I would advise my younger self to look after myself a bit better and not take all of that on.". Lyons has known Ferguson since 2003, when, as the newly installed executive producer of Channel Nine's Sunday program, he recruited her from SBS where, as a video journalist, she'd learnt to shoot her own stories. "I have what I call my after-program service, where I always talk to people, sometimes for years afterwards, so that they don't feel that you've ripped their story from them, you've got something out of them and then you just move on. Decades of restraint unravelled. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Veteran ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson will move to Washington early next year as a "special reporter", arriving just as the US responds to the inauguration of its new, or returning, President. As a teenager she loved poetry and wrote a letter to her favourite poet, Philip Larkin, to ask him why his poems were so miserable, which led to several years of correspondence between them. She's working frantically to finish a three-part documentary investigation into child sexual abuse within the Catholic church while at the same time keeping a close eye on the dramatic events unfolding in Hong Kong. "My phone is always on and these are often complicated people and the aftermath is long. But the Gold Walkley Award-winning journalist's move has not eventuated because she is yet to receive visa approval from the Chinese government. As Australians suffer through a recession, taxpayers are funding some big pay packets. The ABC told Crikey last night that it was continuing to pursue a visa for Ferguson but would not comment on how many local Chinese it has working in its Beijing bureau or whether they were still being paid or on leave. "We worked together when we first met but haven’t for years since. The bonds broke, snapping and uncoiling, like a thousand tiny ropes. "I have always had the view for a woman, in particular, that it's very important that your career is considered in its own light," says Ferguson. "Those judgements, those big judgements actually get harder as you get older when there is more at stake. Register your email address to get FREE access on a 21-day trial. "I didn't read the producer's email properly until the day before recording and then I realised what it was, and it was too late to pull out. To connect a sign in method the email must match the one on your Crikey account. "This kind of work leaves deep lines in your soul. In half-a-dozen previous interviews about her projects, she's insisted on highlighting the work of key people from the executive producer to the sound recordist. Sarah Ferguson will head to Washington to take up a "special in-depth reporting role" for the ABC. Off camera though, Ferguson is warm, funny and engaging. "I don't know how to say it, so I'll just say it. "After the cattle story some people wanted to quote, unquote 'wrap me in chains and drop me in the bottom of the harbour'. Karl Quinn is a senior culture writer at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Follow our live updates on the US election and the countdown to the first polling booths opening, Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Follow our live updates as racing gets underway at Flemington Racecourse. Revelation promises to have an impact, as many of Ferguson's stories have. "You just have to hold the line and need really good management that will support you, which has always been the case for me at the ABC. "I have never once felt that they didn't have my back.". Ferguson studied English Literature at university and started in journalism as an Arts reviewer before moving into documentaries — "I love the medium of television, I love what it can do," she says. 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She writes of the shock and anguish from the moment her brother, Anthony, rang her from the UK with the news as she travelled in a Sydney taxi, her investigation into the hospital's treatment of her mother, and concludes with a plea to readers to "call their mother" before it's too late. "The defamation police had their sirens on, so I was worried about doing that interview at that time, but I did enjoy it. "The experience of the few people who have seen the interviews is you can't take your eyes off them, but it also leaves a lot to think about afterwards," she says. "On-the-ground reporting for Australians through Australian eyes helps improve our understanding of international events and how they affect our nation and our lives. "This story about the Catholic church has been so much a part of our lives for a number of years that the moment of seeing the person themselves, the person who actually perpetrated these crimes, it is a revelation. Tips and Murmurs: Hume’s wrong turn … Delete your account, ASIO … Waterfront revisited. Credit:Steven Siewert. Veteran ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson will move to Washington early next year as a "special reporter", arriving just as the US responds to the inauguration of its new, or returning, President. Now that it’s become clear China was deliberately targeting Australian journalists as some sort of tit-for-tat in the escalating diplomatic stoush between the two countries, perhaps it’s time to consider some reciprocity. Sarah Ferguson spends her working life wading through murky waters, tackling difficult, confronting and harrowing stories but none has tested her like the project that consumed her for the past year: Revelation — a three-part documentary investigation into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, in which she comes face to face with two of Australia's most notorious serial paedophiles. "It was publisher Louise Adler's idea and I said, 'but it's such an ordinary story.'. "People on all sides of politics and across the spectrum trust Sarah, which is gold.". In the era of the 24-hour news cycle, stories come and go with alarming speed and journalists are often under great pressure to move on quickly to the next big yarn. How will this affect the result? Her parents expected their children to know what was going on in the world and she grew up listening to BBC current affairs and surrounded by political debate. The Crikey comment section is members-only content. Log in to keep reading, Freelance correspondent in South East Asia @sainsburychina. When she was a toddler, the family, moved back to rural England and a small village in Essex. "I think it's not a good idea to think that people who do reasonably well in their careers do that by not making mistakes and by somehow being so brilliant that you can't aspire to that. The Washington move is a short-term appointment, expected to be for six months. I thrashed about in the back of the taxi, like something animal. But shining a light in the shadows inevitably upsets people — often powerful and nasty people — and the fallout over the years has taken its toll. But that's not what drives her, rather it's a need to satisfy her intense curiosity. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). "And suddenly there I was in a community of people who understand this extreme thing in all its manifestations. Sarah Ferguson is an ABC journalist. "It’s hard to pick out favourites from this great list because you give so much to every single one that I can’t pick one over the other. "So, we need to talk and think deeply and admit when we get it wrong.". "The Killing Season was a special team of highly skilled people led by Deb Masters working with exceptional material and then there's the people smuggling trilogy, which was difficult, very demanding and a rollicking investigation. She's generous in sharing insights and advice with colleagues and younger journalists and is comfortable admitting she doesn't always get it right. "I think if we did the Four Corners rugby league sex scandal story now, I don't know if we would be able to protect the woman who spoke out in that story in the way we did then. "It's the other side of the coin in the great superpower stand-off. To spend your professional life wading through murky waters, exposing unpalatable truths and skewering slippery interview subjects, you have to be gutsy, determined and steely. "I don't understand a lot of the dynamics and I'd like to understand them better, and I'm sure if I'd like to understand it more a lot of other people would like to as well. The flip side of the coin to which she refers is China, where Ferguson was meant to be right now. Sarah Ferguson preparing for an interview for her Revelation series. Tony tried to hold me, but I couldn't be held. Despite Australian journalists Bill Birtles (ABC) and Mike Smith (Australian Financial Review) fleeing the country in September after Chinese state security officers told them they were persons of interest in a national security case, both Ferguson and the ABC remain hopeful that the China posting will happen. "We all make mistakes and I think it's better that less experienced journalists know that it's hard and you stumble, and you think about it because that's the key thing.

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