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Photo Credit: Rick Rycroft/Courtesy The Associated Press


News Organization: NINE NETWORK

Died: 2006


One of the best-known television reporters in Australia, he had just asked a tough question of a mine manager involving two trapped miners (who later were rescued) when he suddenly collapsed, apparently of a heart attack. The prime minister said he was "shocked and saddened" by Carleton's death, while the opposition leader referred to the reporter as an "icon of the Australia media." Carleton was 62 and had covered the fall of communism in East Europe, the end of apartheid in South Africa and the Persian Gulf wars. The Age in Melbourne reported that "to his last breath, veteran journalist Richard Carleton was asking tough questions."