Haupt was the 1991 Australian Journalist of the Year for outstanding coverage of Soviet affairs. His colleague Peter Smark said Haupt was perhaps Australia’s finest journalistic stylist and should be named Journalist of the Decade. He wrote about politics, economics and the human condition with flair and humour. Haupt was the first Australian newspaper correspondent based in Moscow after the end of the Cold War, informing Australians about one of the great turning points of history. His obituary in The Age said Haupt was at his best at the computer and the dining table, at both of which his generosity, wit and insight were prized.
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Joy Haupt, Robert’s widow, accepting award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner (1:51)