Fleming coaxed, and cajoled, and encouraged, and inspired. I have never heard anyone who worked on that program say a bad word about her; and in fact you rarely hear of anyone lucky enough to get a berth at Australian Story ever leaving .
After almost 20 years at the helm, Fleming retires in July. Her successor will have big shoes to fill. But she has created and nurtured a program that (like Four Corners) has an ethos, and a style, and an esprit de corps, that will endure.