Sue Smith

TV journalist and 'A Current Affair' host

Sue Smith, TV journalist and “A Current Affair” host died May 10of a heart attack in Sydney. She was in her 60s.

Smith started her career in radio at talk station Radio 2UE but was best known as the first female to host a prime time current affairs skein when she took the reins “A Current Affair” in the 1970s. Smith took over from host Mike Minehan in 1976 and she went on to win the 1977 Logie kudo as the most popular female television personality for her work on the show. Skein also won an Outstanding Contribution to TV Journalism kudo that year.

In her role as host she showed keen interviewing skills in what was then a male-dominated domain and was able to balance tough interviews with the skein’s lighter moments. Smith became a pioneer for Aussie female journos and she broke new ground for women in television before retiring in the 1990s. For the past few years Smith was suffering from mitochondrial myopathy, a disease that affects the muscles and brain.

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