Michael Gordon (62)
Melbourne, 14 August 1955 — Cowes, 3 February 2018
He was a mentor to many, many, many journalists and he was very generous with his time. And I guess the essence of the man could be summed up in two words: generosity and decency.
Michael Gordon was an Australian journalist. Gordon was the son of the newspaper journalist and editor Harry Gordon.
Born in 1955 in Melbourne, Australia, he completed his part-time studies in degree in Commerce at Melbourne University.
Gordon joined The Age in 1973 at the age of 17 as a cadet journalist and spent most of his career with the newspaper in Melbourne, reporting on areas such as politics, police, industrial relations and sport. He retired from The Age in June 2017 at the rank of national political editor, the position he held since 2013, after working for the newspaper for 37 years. Gordon also worked for a time as a New York correspondent for The Herald in the late 1980s and later as national political editor for The Australian from 1994 to 1998.
He died in February 2018, at the age of 62, from a heart attack while taking part in an ocean swim at Cowes in Phillip Island, Victoria. He is survived by his wife, Robyn, a son, Scott and a daughter, Sarah.
Gordon won a Walkley Award in 2017 for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism 2017. Gordon was also the recipient of the 2005 Graeme Perkin Award for Australia's most outstanding journalist.