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Peter Harvey

An award-winning Australian journalist and broadcaster. Born in Bondi, New South Wales, Harvey was best known as a long-serving correspondent and contributor with the Nine Network for 38 years.

Harvey studied his journalism cadetship with the Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph and went onto win a Walkley Award in 1964. He later worked with The Guardian in London (where he received the British Reporter of the Year Award) and with the American Newsweek magazine as a reporter in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Harvey switched to television when he joined the Nine Network in 1975 and served as its news director in the network's Canberra bureau for many years - one of his first major stories was the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in November 1975.

It was from this work, and his regular political reporting on Nine's flagship nightly news bulletins, that his sonorous closing line Peter Harvey...Canberra and deep baritone voice became something of a catchphrase and was lampooned by numerous comedians, including Australian televisionís Full Frontal and The Late Show.

Harvey also reported for the network from numerous trips by Australian Prime Ministers around the world, and was based in Saudi Arabia in 1990 with American forces at the commencement of the first Gulf War.

He transferred from Canberra to the network's Sydney headquarters in February 1997. In later years, he contributed to Today and 60 Minutes, where he presented a weekly viewers' feedback segement.

Illness and death

On 11 October 2012, Harvey announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Harvey stated that he had found out about his illness three weeks earlier when he was holidaying in Venice with his wife.

On 2 March 2013, Harvey died at a Sydney hospital at the age of 68.

Personal life

Harvey was married to Anne, with two children, Claire and Adam, who both went onto careers in journalism. Claire is deputy editor of The Sydney Telegraph newspaper and Adam is a reporter for the ABC in Sydney.
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