Babs McHugh

Travels from: Western Australia

National Resources Reporter for ABC Rural Radio and Online

Categories: MCs & Hosts

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Babs McHugh is the National Resources Reporter for ABC Rural Radio and Online, a position she has held, this time round, for the last 4 years. Babs has been with the ABC for almost 20 years. During that time she's worked in pretty well every position available, news journalist, rural reporter, national resources reporter, program presenter and producer and acting manager and executive producer on various programs.

A graduate of the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Babs first joined the ABC as a Resources Reporter in the early 1990's when she was sent to the Pilbara for two years and immersed herself in the LNG and iron ore business. During that time Babs did many secondments to the WA Goldfields ABC and was instrumental in creating a permanent resources position there as well as moving the national position to Perth where many mining decision miners are based.

It's no coincidence that Babs McHugh is a Resources Reporter. Mining is in her blood. Her father was a pioneering underground air-leg miner at the Kambalda nickel operations. In 1969 he answered an advert in an Irish newspaper from a company called Western Mining and decided to move his wife and 5 young kids to the lucky country. It was the best thing that could have ever happened to the immigrant Irish family and in effect, he brought over 6 new miners for Australia. One of the sons worked in the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter for almost 20 years and the other has spent much the same time drilling both on and offshore.

She has a sister who, as a registered nurse, worked as a mine-site medic and is now in charge of safety systems analysis at major gold mines in WA. Her other sister is involved in mine worker recruitment and Babs herself was one of the first female shotfirers in Australia, getting her certificate from the WA school of mines in 1987.

With that background in, and love of, the resources industry it's no wonder she entered the field she did, a field she has excelled in. Her on the-ground experience coupled with a direct and penetrative style has made Babs a respected Resources Reporter by her peers and the mining industry.

She has won an award for excellence in Regional reporting and the AMEC Electronic Media Award. Her work is broadcast widely across every network on the ABC, including Local Radio, Radio National, News Radio, Radio Australia, The Country Hour and Online.

From the boardroom to the bush, Babs McHugh can relate to whoever she is interviewing and is well known for her earthy sense of humour and quick wit. She is also a first class MC who has hosted numerous government and corporate events.  

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