Vale Phil Chubb


At a celebration of his life held on Wednesday 15 November, friends, colleagues and family remembered a journalist with a “forensic and ferocious” intellect, a mentor to a surprising number of people and a wonderful father. (Video by Monash University)

Following a short but tenacious battle with cancer Melbourne Press Club Vice-President and multi-award winning journalist Philip Chubb passed away on 9 November 2017. 

In a media career spanning more than four decades, Chubb was a reporter, editor and executive producer at The AgeTime Australia and the ABC. 

He won a Gold Walkley for his brilliant documentary series Labor in Power, and was also awarded a Gold UN Media Peace Prize and a Logie. 

He then went on to have what head of school Mia Lindgren described as “a second distinguished career” as an academic at Monash University, where he was an associate professor and head of journalism. 

Melbourne Press Club CEO Mark Baker described Chubb’s death as a terrible loss for journalism, journalism education and for the Press Club in particular. 

“He was a lifelong friend, a brilliant colleague and a rare talent in our industry: a sharp reporter with a big brain and a great heart,” he said. 

Former MPC President Michael Rowland said Chubb was a “terrific contributor” to the  Club, whose wisdom, no-nonsense approach and “wickedly dry sense of humour” would be badly missed. 

Monash Dean of Arts Professor Sharon Pickering described Chubb as “a great mentor, leader, motivator and friend” and said the faculty was much better for his “professionalism, commitment and care”.

At a celebration of Chubb’s life held on Wednesday 15 November at the Monash University Law Chambers, close friends, former colleagues and Phil’s two sons remembered a wonderful father, a journalist with a “forensic and ferocious” intellect, a powerful union activist and a mentor to a surprising number of people.

Monash University webpage 

Extract from Margaret Simons' eulogy, about her friendship with Chubb and their work with the Australian Journalists' Association, of which he was branch president, to improve conditions in the industry

About Labor in Power

Chubb's 2014 book Power Failure on Labor politics on climate change


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