Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin was born on 29 June 1939 in Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah. He pursued his studies at the Mahmud College, Alor Setar. His career as a reporter began when he was hired as a "stringer" at Utusan Melayu in Alor Setar from 1951 to 1960.
In 1961, Tan Sri Zainuddin moved to Kuala Lumpur where he served as a full-time reporter for Utusan Melayu. He remained in this position until 1962 when he was assigned a more challenging position as Chief Reporter until 1971.
He had the opportunity to study journalism abroad when he was accepted to undertake a course at the Institute of Journalism in Berlin, Germany in 1969. Subsequently, he was promoted to news editor from 1972
In 1975, Utusan Melayu sent him to London as a correspondent. He was based there for a year and returned to Malaysia in 1976. When he was in London, Tan Sri Zainuddin also served in the Malay division of BBC London.
Upon his return from London, he was promoted to Chief Editor of Utusan Malaysia. He held this post until 1982. During this period, he was awarded the Professional Journalism Fellowship of the University of Michigan for a year from 1981 to 1982.
In 1983, Tan Sri Zainuddin was appointed Group Chief Editor. He held this position until 1992 when he was appointed Editorial Department Advisor until August 1994. In September 1994, Tan Sri Zainuddin was appointed as the Executive Chairman of Utusan Publications & Distributors until 1995.
His experience in journalism is extensive. He began his career in this line from the lowest level until he became the Executive Chairman of Utusan Publications & Distributors. His experience in this line is very useful and should be shared with others. He was frequently assigned to interview prominent national figures including the late Tunku Abdul Rahman. Aside from his duties as a journalist, Tan Sri Zainuddin was also active in several career-related organisations. He was the President of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the 1970s and President of the National Club of Malaysian Journalists from 1984 to 1989.
recognition of his deeds and contributions to the country, Tan Sri Zainuddin was awarded several honours such as the A.M.P. in 1982, A.M.K. in 1987 and S.M.S and J.M.N. in 1990.
Historical Narration of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putera and The Media
29 August 1995
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial