Jason OmJason Om is an accomplished reporter and television presenter with the ABC, having worked for ABC News, ABC News Breakfast, 7.30 and Lateline. Born to Narong Om and Patricia Om, Jason has a half-sister in Malaysia. During his College years from 1993-1998, Jason was a member of the Year 11 Leadership Team, excelled in Italian and won an award in the Dante Alighieri poetry competition. He also received the 1998 Service Award for his initiative of reviving the student newspaper, The Griffin, as editor-in-chief.
After studying journalism at RMIT University in Melbourne, Jason got his first career break in 2004 as a television cadet at SBS in Sydney, before moving to the ABC in South Australia in late 2005. Reporting for both television and as South Australia correspondent for ABC Radio Current Affairs, he covered a wide range of issues, including the David Hicks case, immigration, bikies, Holden and the plight of the Murray Darling Basin. He also held the Aboriginal Affairs round and travelled to remote outback communities.
In 2011, Jason returned to Sydney to present rolling coverage on the ABC News Channel. In 2013, he earned a coveted reporting role on the television current affairs program, Lateline. For three and a half years, he reported on federal politics, including the 2015 Turnbull leadership coup, asylum seekers, national security and social issues and trends.
In 2018, Jason successfully pitched content ideas to the ABC’s competitive Great Ideas Grant and joined the centrepiece project ABC Life. As a content maker, he created an original video series about love, loss and courage called Thanks. In the four episodes, people thank those who helped them in times of need. One episode appeared on 7.30 and attracted more than 3 million views on Facebook. The full series can be accessed on ‘iView’ by searching “Thanks”.
Among his journalism accolades, Jason was named Best Radio Broadcaster in the SA Media Awards in 2011, and in 2018, he was a nominee in the media category for the NSW Honour Awards.
In 2018, Jason also ran as a candidate for the staff-elected director position on the ABC Board. Coming from a mixed Malaysian-Cambodian background, Jason is a strong supporter of culturally diverse voices in the media and has been active at the ABC to bring about change. He is currently working on a memoir.
Young Achiever Inductee - Journalism
2018 Winter Griffin
When News Breaks
Jason Om - Journalist Profile and Archive of Articles
Jason Om's original video series, 'Thanks