Defiant Melbourne journalist and presenter Jill Singer, best known for The 7:30 Report and Today Tonight, has died, aged 60.
The Age reports her family announced her death on Facebook, remembering her as a “bright life who made a difference”.
Earlier this year Singer was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, after doctors incorrectly told her she was suffering from depression. She endured electroconvulsive therapy and lost 20kgs before she was correctly diagnosed.
Singer who won both Walkley and Quill Awards began her journalism career as an ABC radio trainee in 1984. She become a senior reporter for The 7.30 Report and later presented the Victorian edition of Today Tonight for Seven before a sudden exit.
She also presented for The 7.30 Report, The Arts Show, and was executive producer national morning news and current affairs program First Edition for ABC. She wrote a weekly column for the Herald Sun newspaper between 1997 and 2012 and made regular appearances on ABC774 with Jon Faine and on SKY News’ Melbourne Report. She also taught scores of journalism students at RMIT University.
In April she married lawyer Anthony Brand.
On Facebook her family said, “Jill Singer, our friend, colleague, teacher, my wife, proud mother and grandmother, lover of life has ‘got on with it.’
“So missed, a bright life who made a difference. Always loved. RIP.”
ABC Director of News Gaven Morris said, “Jill Singer began her journalism career with the ABC and we are very saddened today to hear of her loss. Jill was a talented journalist and a charismatic presence behind and in front of the camera and microphone, on television and radio.
“Many people here worked with her and remember her fondly and with regard. All at the ABC extend our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.”
— Laura Tingle (@latingle) June 8, 2017
Jill Singer was an inspiring, fierce and entertaining teacher. One of the best. RIP.
— Brianna Travers (@briannatravers) June 8, 2017
Jill Singer was such an unforgettably vivid person. It was a privilege to briefly be in her orbit. Melbourne is far poorer without her.
— Myriam Robin (@myriamrobin) June 8, 2017
My dear brave friend Jill Singer has died. Remember her with love
— Moira Rayner (@MoiraR) June 8, 2017