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Charles Wooley

Monday, February 11, 2013
Charles Wooley

Charles Wooley rejoined 60 Minutes in 2009 after two years on radio.

Charles was born in Launceston in 1948.

After completing an Honours Degree in History, he joined the Hobart Examiner as a Graduate cadet. He left Hobart to take up the position of on-air reporter for ABC radio in Perth, which included work on the radio programs “AM” and “PM”. Charles then joined This Day Tonight as a reporter, a position which he held for five years.

This was followed by a trip to Britain with Charles working for BBC Radio.

The late seventies saw Charles return to Australia following two years in Britain. He joined Four Corners based in Sydney.

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Charles returned to Tasmania to work on Nationwide before returning to London in 1983 where he was that program’s London and European correspondent.

In 1985 Charles joined the Nine Network’s Sunday program.

During the lead-up to the Presidential elections in August this year, the U.S. network CBS was so impressed with Wooley’s report for Sunday on the Democrat Party Convention in Atlanta, that it ran as a lead story on their Sunday Morning program across America. Charles, subsequently won the 1988 Penguin award for “Coverage of a Current Affairs Story” for this Sunday report.

In 1991 Charles left Sunday and worked briefly for A Current Affair, before joining 60 Minutes in October that year.

His most memorable reports for 60 Minutes have included a story on barramundi, in which he caught a 42 pounder on camera (fish have never gone metric); voodoo in Benin in West Africa; returning to France with decorated World War II heroine Nancy Wake; and profiles on American billionaire “Mr Spud”, JR Simplot, singer Melissa Etheridge, model Elle McPherson and actors Gary McDonald and Mel Gibson.

In 1999, Charles moved his family back to Tasmania where he is able to live a more peaceful life - and indulge his passion for fly fishing.

In January 2006 he became the host of Charles Wooley Across Australia, a regional morning radio program that aired on over 40 radio stations across the heartland of Australia.

He has published a book of stories of his time travelling the world as a reporter called Travelling Tales and a guide to walks around Hobart and Tasmania.

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