Marcia Russell

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Marcia Grace Russell, OBE (1940 – 1 December 2012), was a New Zealand journalist and documentary-maker.

Russell started out as a cadet reporter for the New Zealand Herald in 1959, then going on to found Thursday, a magazine in 1968.[1]

In 1975, she joined South Pacific Television, presenting the television show Speakeasy and reporting for News at Ten.[2]

She went on to work on award-winning shows such as Landmarks (1978) and The New Zealand Wars (1996), for which she received an award in scriptwriting.

In the 1996 New Year Honours, Russell was made an OBE for services to journalism,[3] and she became the first recipient of the Academy of Film and Television Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.[4][5]

She died on 1 December 2012 after a short illness.[1]


  • Revolution: New Zealand from Fortress to Free Market. Hodder Moa Beckett. 1996. ISBN 978-1869584283.


  1. ^ a b Russell, Bruce (2012-12-01). "Marcia Russell dies after short illness". Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  2. ^ "Marcia Russell dies after short illness". New Zealand Herald. 2012-12-01. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ New Year Honours List 1996 Archived 2017-04-12 at the Wayback Machine. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Radio New Zealand". 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  5. ^ "2003 New Zealand Television Awards". OnFilm. Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2012-12-25.