Author Archives: Jim Tucker

About Jim Tucker

Supposed to be retired, after quitting journalism teaching in 2013 (after 25 years, preceded by 22 years as a newspaper journalist and editor), but find myself busier than ever with various book projects, advising law firms, and writing articles for magazines like North & South and Live.

Our trust in councils may be based on sawdust

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Hearing from an old friend

Publication of the first part of my memoirs – Flair and Loathing on the Front Page – has led to someone important from my past professional life getting in touch. Continue reading

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Kim Hill interview on RadioNZ

Jim Tucker is interviewed by Kim Hill on radio about his memoirs and other journalism things. Continue reading

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MEMOIRS – Story in The Spinoff

MEDIA  April 9, 2022 New Zealand’s godfather of journalism pens his biggest yarn By Chris Schulz Senior writer When finished, Jim Tucker’s memoirs will extend to three parts and 900 pages. Photo: Archi Banal Jim Tucker wrote thousands of stories and … Continue reading

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MEMOIRS – Story in The Spinoff

MEDIA  April 9, 2022 New Zealand’s godfather of journalism pens his biggest yarn By Chris Schulz Senior writer When finished, Jim Tucker’s memoirs will extend to three parts and 900 pages. Photo: Archi Banal Jim Tucker wrote thousands of stories and … Continue reading

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My memoirs, Part 1, now available

This is an e-book covering four decades, beginning with New Zealand journalist Jim Tucker’s early life in Taranaki and traversing through to 1987, when he had become editor of the country’s second largest daily newspaper. It’s a 283-page read, comprising 111,000 … Continue reading

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Is PM Ardern our Winston Churchill?

Popular British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill was ousted after steering his country to a victory in World War II – because his people were sick of war. Will the same thing happen to NZ PM Jacinda Ardern because we’re … Continue reading

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Why school reunions are still a good idea

Here’s why reunions can still work for you. Continue reading

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Why reunions are a good idea still

The Covid pandemic has ruled out most school reunions, but when it’s over the way will be clear again for those gatherings of old schoolmates. Still a good idea? Continue reading

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Good journo beneath mild-mannered man

Mike Watson reported for various NZ newspapers for more than 20 years. The New Plymouth journalist – the epitome of the diligent reporter – died in mid-February 2022 aged 63. Here’s what we thought of him. Continue reading

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