Deborah Fleming worked in newspapers in the UK and at the BBC before moving to Australia and joining the ABC. She was executive producer of the 7.30 Report in both Brisbane and Sydney. In 1995 she became the founding executive producer of Australian Story and continued in that role until 2015 when she retired to live in Tasmania. During her time at the helm of Australian Story the program received a swag of industry awards including multiple Logies and Walkley Awards. Deborah received a personal Walkley for ‘outstanding contribution to journalism’ in 2005 and an AM in 2013.