Honorary Doctor of Letters (May 2007)
Caroline Jones AO was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in May 2007 in recognition of her long service to the arts and to broadcasting in Australia.
Caroline Jones AO is a writer and broadcaster who has worked at the ABC for more than 40 years. She has been a role model and mentor for women in the media, pioneering an acceptance of women in a field formerly dominated by men. She has been a part of current affairs programs such as This Day Tonight, Four Corners and Sydney morning radio. For eight years, on ABC Radio National, Ms Jones presented the Search for Meaning programs, in which hundreds of Australian men and women told stories of their lives. Ms Jones has also contributed to, and presented, Australian Story on ABC television since its inception in 1996. In 1988, Ms Jones was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), and was voted one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures in 1997. In 1998, she was appointed as Ambassador for Reconciliation by The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. She had previously worked alongside Aboriginal broadcasters in Alice Springs to help the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association produce their first cultural and current affairs programs for television. Ms Jones is the recipient of a number of awards for her work in broadcasting, reporting, producing and writing, and her five books have been used as educational resources in secondary and tertiary teaching. She has travelled widely around Australia to facilitate community gatherings with the sharing of stories as their focus.