Journalist, producer Tom Krause, best known for producing Sunday and Meet the Press, has died.
Krause worked as a Producer, Supervising Producer, Managing Editor for Nine’s Sunday across 20 years from 1986 – 2006.
News of his death spread quickly yesterday and it comes only months after a fundraiser was held for him by the Sydney Media Club in February this year.
The inaugural club event featured an address from Laurie Oakes and was hosted by Nine and 2GB’s Ben Fordham, to raise funds to help Krause during recovery after a serious injury he suffered in a road accident in 2019.
Krause also produced for SKY News and on Meet The Press, Sunday Agenda, The Big Fella: The Extraordinary Life of Kerry Packer and The Observer Effect. He spent two years as Foreign Editor for Seven and was Foreign Editor, Literary Editor, TV Critic for The Australian.
He also published a blog called Gonzo Meets the Press.
Laurie Oakes spoke about his friend on ABC Radio National saying, “Tom, for 20 years, was the backbone of the Sunday program on Nine, which is, I think, still the best current affairs program ever produced in this country.
“He was an inspiration to everybody.”
Nine News boss Darren Wick said, “Tom will forever be admired as one of the great journalists and truly wonderful characters in the history of Channel Nine.
“He was extremely intelligent and possessed an incredible ability and instinct to consistently produce the most compelling current affairs programming.
“But above all else, he was an outstanding teacher and mentor to so many of us at Nine and everywhere else he worked. He inspired us with his relentless work ethic, love of a great story and wicked sense of humour.”
Others remembering him in posts today are Paul Bongiorno, Anita Jacoby, Craig Norenbergs, Peter FitzSimons, Jim Wilson, Peter Ryan, Michael Pascoe, Sarah Stinson, Kathy Franco, Ross Greenwood, Tom Ravlic, Quentin Dempster, Justin Stevens, Angela Bishop, Brett Mcleod, Saron Roobol, Jacqueline Maley, Chris Urquhart, Nina Stevens, Ashleigh Gillon, Michael Usher, Janine Perrett and many more.