Mr Ian Henderson (BA(Hons) 1976, DipEd 1989)

Mr Ian Henderson

Mr Ian Henderson was educated at Haileybury College (Brighton and Keysborough) from 1959 to 1970.

He studied Arts at Monash, majoring in History and Sociology, and graduated with Honours in 1974. His honours thesis explored the changing values underpinning Australia Surf Club culture of the 1930s and the surfboard riding culture of the 1960s.

Mr Henderson took a year off to backpack overland from Asia to Europe in 1975 and then returned to undertake a Diploma of Education at Monash University in 1976.

In 1977 he taught at Wangaratta Technical College. From 1978 to 1980 he was a journalist with Leader Associated Newspapers. He joined the ABC in April 1980 and was state political reporter from 1982 to 1987. He was then sent to the United Kingdom and was London Correspondent from 1987 to 1990.

The most memorable moments of this period were reporting the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990.

In 1991 Mr Henderson was appointed news editor for Victoria.

Since 1992 he has presented the 7pm news bulletin on ABC One and has remained a senior member of the editorial team.

Mr Henderson has hosted the ABC’s state election night seven times and moderated several live leaders’ debates.

During the 2009 Victorian bushfires Mr Henderson anchored national coverage from various locations affected by Black Saturday. He also hosted the national memorial service for bushfire victims, “Together for Victoria”, which was seen around Australia and the world.

Today he is one of Australia’s most experienced, well-known and respected newsreaders.