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The Victorian Hellenic community recognises Ms Rena Frangioudaki OAM as the 'queen of Greek journalism' and a living legend. Her voice has left an indelible mark on their collective memory.
Rena has worked for over 45 years in radio, television and print media and is particularly active in Greek language media. Integrity, compassion, diligence, and frankness are defining features of her work.
In the 1980's, Rena was a member of the National Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs and an actor in the children's television series 'Touch the Sun', which explored the multicultural aspects of life in Australia.
Rena was one of the founders of SBS Television and served as the Director of Greek Language programs, Coordinator and Producer of Greek Programs, and presenter of cultural, social and news programs, including programs for children.
Rena was one of the original broadcasters on the 3zzz ethnic radio station, which broadcasts on social and cultural issues.
Today, Rena works for the Greek Media Group in radio, tv and in newspaper journalism and is a journalist on the New Country newspaper and the Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos. She is a willing mentor to developing journalists.
Rena has also volunteered for over 30 years to assist elderly citizens at Fronditha.
Care, a charitable community based organisation providing services to Australian elders of Greek speaking background. She is a Life Governor of Fronditha Care and has served in various executive positions.
In 2010, Rena was awarded an Order of the Medal of Australia for her service to the Greek community of Victoria.