Logie-award winning Seven News reporter Norm Beaman is retiring after 48 years in the media.
Beaman, 64, started a cadetship at radio station 3BO Bendigo in 1964 and began television reporting at the combined radio / television newsroom of 3DB / HSV7 in Melbourne working for Ron Casey.
He moved to ABC News to as a senior reporter, staying on for four years and later working as chief of staff before returning to Seven in the early ‘80s as a senior reporter and producer on Mark Day’s current affairs show Day By Day.
He also worked for Nine as a producer on the Today show, A Current Affair, Eye On Australia and spent 10 years as a reporter for TEN News, before again returning to Seven in 2000 for Today Tonight. He has been a senior reporter with Seven News since 2002.
In 2007, he broke one of the biggest stories when he was in Athens for the arrest of Tony Mokbel (and the infamous Mokbel wig).
But it was in 2009, while working as the Chief-Of-Staff in the Seven newsroom, he faced the terrifying news that his wife was trapped on their property during the Black Saturday bushfires. Beaman was racing home to his property on Mount Disappointment, north of Melbourne talking to his wife Annie when the phone cut out. He later spoke to Jennifer Keyte on air, in tears, not knowing if his wife had survived. He later won a Logie for Most Outstanding News Coverage and a Victorian Quill Award.
During four decades Beaman has seen it all including the collapse of the Westgate Bridge, The Ash Wednesday Fires, the shooting tragedies of Queen Street, Hoddle Street and the Russell Street Police Headquarters bombing.
The Age reports Nine News reporter Brendan Roberts is heading to Seven to become crime reporter to beef up the round with soon-to-be colleague Cameron Baud.