Ward-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson (pictured) will be deployed to Washington DC to take up a special in-depth reporting role for ABC News.
“The drama of the US story is compelling,” said Ferguson. “It’s the other side of the coin in the great superpower stand-off. And I’ll be reporting in the aftermath of an era-defining election.”
ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said: “We have a top-notch team in the Washington bureau and Sarah’s superb long-form and investigative reporting will add formidable firepower to our coverage of the fascinating and significant US story.”
Also heading to the US for the ABC is News Breakfast co-host Michael Rowland. Taking his place on the show alongside Lisa Millar will be Paul Kennedy and David Speers.
Currently reporting for the ABC from the US are Washington Bureau Chief David Lipson and North America Correspondent Kathryn Diss, with Chief Foreign Correspondent Phil Williams supporting the bureau for the US election. Ferguson’s US posting will be a short-term one of approximately six months.
The ABC also plans to establish a short-term posting in the South Korean capital of Seoul to expand reporting in North Asia.
As well as Washington, the ABC has posts in Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo, New Delhi, Port Moresby, London, Beirut and Jerusalem.
“We’re looking at how we can most effectively deploy our resources to provide the best world coverage for audiences,” Morris said. “The ABC’s Asia Pacific reporting sets us apart and is an essential part of our service.
“On-the-ground reporting for Australians through Australian eyes helps improve our understanding of international events and how they affect our nation and our lives.”