Jon Faine

Award winning journalist and broadcaster.


Until October 2019, Jon hosted the agenda-setting morning broadcast for ABC Radio in Melbourne for over twenty years. Before joining the ABC in 1989 to host ‘The Law Report’ on Radio National, Jon had practised for seven years in both commercial litigation and as a legal aid/human rights advocate. Countless conference presentations, panel moderations, MC duties, guest lectures and public events complement his legal and media career. Add to that a best-selling travel book, several oral history publications, multiple opinion and commentary pieces for major newspapers, regular TV appearances and guest radio spots, as well as being script advisor for several films completes his diverse career.

Previous Experience

Speaking: For over thirty years, Jon has been in demand for conference keynote speeches, presentations, facilitation, and panel moderation. Specialising in complex matters of public policy, strategy, legal issues, technological challenge or cultural clashes, his work has covered every imaginable field, from health, disability, science and medicine, politics, foreign affairs, civil liberties and human rights. Conference presentations in recent years have included the future of manufacturing, engineering and infrastructure issues, law reform, the NDIS, media diversity, free speech, equal opportunity and discrimination, regional development, gambling reform, the commerce of sport, drugs and addiction and parenting!

Awards and Accolades:
– Awards Member, Order of Australia [AM] [2019]
– Monash University Distinguished Alumni
– ABC Broadcaster of the Year
– Nominated Walkley Award, three times
– Victoria Law Foundation, Legal Reporting Award, multiple
– Melbourne Press Club, Quill Awards, several
– NSW Law Foundation, Golden Gavel, several


Talking Points
A Look into the National Soul - Whatever Happened to Ethics?
Who Can You Trust? Fake News and the Legacy Media
When the Whole Town Burned … Who Stepped Forward?
Cheaper Than a Shrink
War Stories - Thirty Years behind an ABC Microphone
Peak Lawyer?