Peter Harvey has spent over 50 years as a print, radio and television news reporter. He has covered the Vietnam War, The Dismissal, the second Gulf ward and most of the major events in Australia and overseas in between. He studied journalism when he worked for the Daily Telegraph and he won a "Walkley Award" in 1964.
He joined the Nine Network in 1975 and worked in the network's Canberra bureau for many years. He was very famous in Canberra because he covered politics with distinction. Many politicians of all parties respected him. "Peter Harvey, Canberra" became a catchphrase. His children even joked with him.
He was the only Australian reporter with American Forces when the first Gulf War broke out and he covered the second Gulf War. He covered the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October when he was on holiday with his wife in Venice. He had chemotherapy which made all his hair gone. He didn't really care. He said: "I"m not the guy who worry about today, ruining my tomorrow".
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Harvey was "a true newsman to his boostraps".
"Our nation’s media has lost a giant today with the death of Peter Harvey," she said in a statement.