It’s a long way from Vietnam to Cobram, but that’s the journey taken by new Courier editor Grahame Whyte, who takes up the reins of the paper again after nearly 10 years.
Mr Whyte said he was enjoying being in the fresh country air after seven years in the bustling Vietnamese city of Hanoi, which has a larger population than the whole state of Victoria.
‘‘Initially after leaving Cobram I went to Melbourne to do the media for Western Health and then for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, before heading off to south-east Asia to live in 2010,’’ he said.
‘‘In Hanoi I worked for two years as international news editor for Vietnam News Agency, then played a similar role in a variety of media outlets.
‘‘I had some interesting experiences in Vietnam, training newsreaders in English presentation skills, editing history books and key government publications, even teaching English at times.
‘‘Vietnam is an amazing country and because the culture is so different from what I grew up with, there was never a dull moment.’’
Mr Whyte said commuting by motorbike was one of the most dangerous activities, but not as dangerous as crossing the road in wall-to-wall traffic consisting of literally millions of motorbikes.
‘‘I had a few bingles but fortunately escaped with minor injuries and am still in good health,’’ he said.
Mr Whyte is looking forward to engaging with our local communities again and welcomes news tips and contributions for The Courier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0490 793 254 any time.