Ray Martin

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About Ray Martin

Ray Martin's career spans over several decades, beginning at ABC radio in Sydney in 1965. He later moved to New York in 1968 as a correspondent for the ABC's North American bureau, where he reported for ten years before returning to Australia in 1978.

In Australia, Ray co-launched the iconic program 60 Minutes alongside George Negus and Ian Leslie, achieving significant success in investigative journalism. Transitioning to hosting The Midday Show in 1984 allowed him to be closer to home, where he became a household name. During his tenure, Ray garnered five Gold Logies, over twenty Silver Logies, and multiple People's Choice Awards.

Following his time on The Midday Show, Ray had two stints as host of A Current Affair and launched The Ray Martin Show. He also became synonymous with Carols by Candlelight, hosting the event for two decades and leading numerous network TV appeals for charitable causes. Ray's advocacy extended to Aboriginal disadvantage and children's hospitals, and he served as Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation for a decade. He was also appointed to the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

In recognition of his contributions to journalism, advocacy for Indigenous Australians, and extensive charity work, Ray was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011. His autobiography, "Ray: Stories of My Life," became a bestseller upon its release in 2009, followed by "Ray Martin's Favourites: The Stories Behind the Legends" in 2011. Ray Martin's legacy in Australian media is marked by his commitment to storytelling, advocacy, and charitable endeavours.

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