Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Indonesia and the United States – just some of the places that Walkley award-winning Ginny Stein reported from for Dateline, as she snuck in to cover the lead-up to a controversial election, Zimbabwe – Fight for Survival, pursued an accused war criminal, Rwanda – Questions of Murder, watched a volcano spew enough mud to engulf a small city, Mud Slinging, and saw attempts to curb ice abuse among teenagers, The Ice Storm.
Ginny joined Dateline in 2002 after spending four years in South East Asia reporting for the ABC. During that time she covered the ousting of President Soeharto and the conflict in East Timor. In 2006 she went undercover to enter Burma’s new capital, a place off limits to the outside world. She became the first journalist to film and then stay the night there.
Other Dateline stories included spending a month in Zimbabwe secretly recording the Mugabe government's devastating attacks on its own people and examining Brazil’s success at using ethanol instead of petrol.
In 2007 Ginny won two Walkley awards for International Journalism, Burma – Inside the Secret City, and Investigative Journalism, Rwanda - Questions of Murder. She’s also a four-time Walkley Award finalist and has received a Walkley commendation for her World News Australia coverage of the Asian tsunami where she worked solo in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Aceh, filming and reporting under very difficult conditions.
Her radio coverage of the strife in East Timor won her the Australian Variety Club Heart Award and earlier in her career, she received the Australian Journalists’ Association Best Radio Documentary Award for her piece on unemployment on NSW’s south coast.
Ginny also has a BA in international politics and mass communications. She left Dateline in 2010.