The 10 to 12 members of The Walkley Advisory Board play a pivotal role. All senior members of the Australian media industry, they are responsible for judging the overall winners of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism after the first tier of judging and advise The Walkley Foundation directors on matters relating to the awards.
They are excellent ambassadors for The Walkley Foundation and a shining example of achievement in the field.
The Walkley Judging Board
Angelos Frangopoulos AM — Chair
Angelos Frangopoulos AM is the CEO and Managing Editor at Australian News Channel Pty Ltd (ANC), the operator of the SKY NEWS services and the leading provider of 24 hour television news services in Australia and New Zealand. ANC is owned by News Corp Australia, a subsidiary of News Corp.
ANC delivers more news and current affairs programming than all Australian television networks combined. Its news services include SKY NEWS LIVE, SKY NEWS BUSINESS, SKY NEWS WEATHER, A-PAC Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, SKY NEWS New Zealand, SKY NEWS Multiview and SKY NEWS Local.
On January 26, 2015, broadcast boundaries were extended to include the new Australia Channel service to cater for markets outside of Australia and New Zealand. Australia Channel is an extension of the foundation SKY NEWS products, catering for international audiences.
Angelos joined ANC in July 1996, five months after the channel’s inception. After serving as Chief of Production, he was appointed Managing Editor in 2000 and then Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Angelos previously held positions at British Sky Broadcasting in London, Nine Network Sydney and Prime Television Canberra. Early in his career he also worked at Mid State Television Orange.
Angelos is Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW, Chair of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Pro-Chancellor (Sydney) for Charles Sturt University, Deputy Chair of the Walkley Advisory Board, a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He’s been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Charles Sturt University.
He is married to Rebecca and has four children; Libby, Amy, Max, Leo and Lottie. @Frangopoulos
Lenore Taylor — Deputy Chair
Lenore Taylor is Guardian Australia’s editor. During almost three decades of political reporting, she won two Walkley awards and twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She was the Australian Financial Review’s Europe correspondent in the early 2000s. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis.
Based in Sydney, Michael Amendolia is an Australian photographer with 30 years’ experience taking assignments for the best Australian and international magazines and newspapers.
Michael started his cadetship at News Limited in Sydney at age 20 where he worked for twelve years as a staff photographer with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and The Australian.
Michael regularly travelled from 1999-2007 throughout Australia and the region on assignments for German, English and American magazines as a member of the London-based photo agency Network Photographers.
His photoessays on blindness prevention have twice won first prize in the Science and Technology category at the World Press Photo Awards.
He was the principal photographer for the book “Seeing is Believing”, based on the work of one of Australian’s great humanitarians, Professor Fred Hollows. His 1992 portrait of Fred Hollows has become one the nation’s most recognized portrait images, featured for over 20 years in national advertising campaigns for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Michael is one of the founding members of the REPORTAGE photojournalism festival, created in 1999, and has participated in judging panels for photojournalism on and off over a 15-year period in Australia, New Zealand and China. He is on the international nominating panel for the Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo.
His latest work can be found at michaelamendolia.com.
Dennis Atkins is national affairs editor for The Courier-Mail, the Brisbane-based metropolitan daily newspaper in Queensland. He reports national politics from both Canberra and Brisbane, provides international commentary, and is a senior member of the paper’s leader writing team.
Mr Atkins is also a regular panelist on Insiders, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship weekly politics television show. He also appears regularly as a political commentator on ABC radio throughout the country, and has a national weekly spot on PM Agenda on Sky News.
He has been a journalist for more than four decades and has been a senior political writer in Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane since the early 1980s. He has contributed to a number of books about politics, and has led discussion on academic panels examining elections and political trends.
Mr Atkins has worked for government at senior levels in Canberra and Brisbane, having been press secretary to Mick Young, the Special Minister of State in the Hawke Government, and communications director for former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss.
He is also an occasional music critic and amateur historian and contributes to the yearly restaurant guide published by Gourmet Traveller magazine.
Michael is the editor of The Sunday Times. He was formerly the deputy editor, The West Australian and Head of Digital Content for Seven West Media (WA). Michael is a past Walkley winner for Best News Report (2006) when he exposed the speeding fraud case of former Federal Court Judge Marcus Einfeld for The Daily Telegraph with Viva Goldner. He worked for major car news organisations in Sydney, New York and London before moving to Perth with his wife, journalist Nicolette Casella, in 2010.
He was the Olympics Editor for The Daily Telegraph for Sydney 2000. Michael was then appointed New York Bureau Chief for News Ltd. This included reporting and co-ordinating the company’s extensive coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Before moving to The West, Michael was editor of The Saturday Daily Telegraph during a period sustained circulation growth. His move to Perth coincided with West Australian Newspapers taking over the Seven Network. This has led to one of the most exciting transformations in Australian media.
Michael has played a key role in the development of Australia’s first major integrated newsroom for TV, newspaper and digital. The Seven West Media WA newsroom produces The West Australian newspaper six days a week, two live top-rating news bulletins for 7 News Perth, the Today Tonight current affairs show and a series of websites which have experienced a massive surge in short-form video streams because of the integrated newsroom.
Simon Crerar is BuzzFeed Australia’s Editor-in-Chief.
The founding editor of the local edition, he leads a growing editorial team publishing impactful news reporting, entertaining buzz content, viral videos, and the most shared memes in Australia.
Prior to BuzzFeed, he worked at The Times and Sunday Times in London, and at News Corp Australia.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, he is the author of 88 Reasons Why Australia Is The Craziest, an ABC Books published love letter to Australia inspired by his biggest BuzzFeed post.
Claire Harvey is deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Australia’s biggest-selling newspaper, where she also writes a column. Claire started her career at The Australian in 1994, as a copygirl. She worked at The Australian for a decade, covering various rounds including politics and spending three years as New Zealand correspondent, from where she also covered the Pacific Islands, before spending two years as a senior writer and columnist at The New Zealand Herald.
In 2008 she returned to Australia as senior writer and columnist at The Sunday Telegraph, before becoming deputy editor in 2012. She lives in Sydney.
Fran Kelly – the presenter of ABC’s Radio National Breakfast program — is one of Australia’s leading political interviewers and commentators. She has earned a reputation as an intelligent, informed and balanced journalist who has been a key contributor to the nation’s political and social debates for the past 15 years.
In that time she’s been the ABC’s Europe Correspondent based in London, the political editor for The 7.30 Report and the political correspondent for the prestigious AM program.
Radio National Breakfast is Australia’s leading national morning current affairs radio show. Its daily agenda is a mix of national and international politics, current affairs and social issues – and it draws on the world’s leading commentators, players and thinkers. It’s influence makes it required listening for opinion leaders across the country.
Jonathan Richards is a former Guardian journalist, now at Google’s Creative Lab, in Sydney, where he works on projects which explore new ways to create compelling user experiences on the web. Many of the Lab’s pieces involve collaborations with cultural organisations experimenting with new forms of digital practice.
Previously he was at the Guardian newspaper in London where he ran the Interactive team—a group of designers, developers, film-makers and editors producing bespoke editorial content and apps, including the Walkley-winning Firestorm.
Prior to that he was an editor, writer, and developer at the Times of London.
He lectures on new forms of story-telling all around the world, and was one of the founders of Hacks / Hackers in London. He is an occasional teacher, and an unapologetic Rubyist. He also plays trumpet— rather more scrappily than he used to.
John Stanley is a journalist and broadcaster with Fairfax Media’s radio station 2UE in Sydney. His work as a political reporter includes two stints in Canberra, where he was bureau chief for the Macquarie Radio Network (then owned by Fairfax Media) and as NSW state political correspondent in Sydney during the corruption dramas of the 1980s. At 2UE he was the inaugural producer of the Alan Jones breakfast show, assistant program director and later program director of the station.
Since 1990, John has presented news and current affairs programs at breakfast, afternoons and drivetime. In 2012, he began hosting commercial radio’s first full-time news and current affairs breakfast show.
Sandra Sully is a Journalist and Senior Editor with TEN Eyewitness News and one of the most recognisable and respected faces on Australian television.
Sandra is the co-presenter of TEN Eyewitness News Sydney and has been part of the TEN News team since 1990. She celebrated her 25th anniversary at the network in 2015.
Sandra’s career includes 18 years as the highly popular Presenter and Senior Editor of TEN Late News with Sports Tonight. In that role, Sandra was the first Australian journalist to break the news of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. She has subsequently covered anniversary commemorations of both the Bali bombings and the September 11 attacks. Sandra’s documentary credits include travelling to Timor in 2010 to produce Independent Future, a report on how the then new nation was coping post-liberation.
Off camera, Sandra is a news junkie and has been a driving force behind TEN Eyewitness News’ Social Media framework. She is a news leader on Twitter and Instagram and her prolific news tweets provide Australians with breaking news and information, amassing a large and loyal following along the way.
For more than three decades, Lisa Wilkinson has blazed a trail through the Australian media landscape, first in publishing, then on to radio and television.
Lisa’s media career got off to an astonishing start when she was appointed editor of the national young women’s magazine Dolly at the tender age of just 21. Four years later, after almost tripling the circulation, Lisa was head-hunted by the late Kerry Packer, who offered her the editorship of the iconic Cleo magazine. Over the next decade, Lisa guided the magazine to new circulation highs, making it the No.1 selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world.
With her skills now in demand internationally, Lisa set up her own magazine consultancy, whilst juggling three small children and her new role as radio host, working alongside some of the industry’s best, including Doug Mulray and Mike Carlton. It was then Lisa made the switch to TV and for the last eight years as co-host along with Karl Stefanovic, of Channel Nine’s Today Show, as well as regularly fronting a number of flagship Network programs including the Federal Election Coverage, the Royal Wedding and Carols By Candlelight.
Apart from her diverse media skills, Lisa is also known as a mentor to young women. Under her special brand of guidance and training, there are now 21 women and men around the world who have gone on to become successful magazine editors themselves. In 2013 Lisa was invited to deliver the annual Andrew Olle lecture to enormous acclaim – and became only the second female journalist after Jana Wendt in 17 years to do so.
Lisa is married to Journalist, best-selling author and former Wallaby and rugby international, Peter FitzSimons AM, and they have three children.