John Donegan

Photograph by John Donegan

John Donegan is a Walkley Award winning photojournalist with thirty years experience in print and digital publishing. John’s career has seen him reside in five cities on three continents. John began his career as a cadet with The Herald newspaper in Melbourne, then moved to London as a freelance.

He has since worked in Jerusalem, Darwin, Melbourne and now Sydney. Since returning to Australia in 1992, John has been Pictorial Editor of The Herald Sun and The Sunday Age, and served for four years on the The Walkley Foundation Advisory Board.

John Donegan is the multi platform reporter for 702 ABC Sydney.


Hi, what’s your name?

John Donegan

Where do you hail from?


Who do you work for?

702 ABC Sydney

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I genuinely have no idea

What are your career highlights?

2 Walkleys; Pictorial Editor Herald Sun; Pictorial Editor Sunday Age; covering Velvet Revolution in Prague 1989; covering West Bank, Gaza and Israel for Guardian and AP.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

“And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” – Richard Avedon

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Jerome Delay, Ashley Gilbertson, Emanuel Santos

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

The power of the still image: Storytelling through photojournalism, from international coverage to intimate portraits.

Where can we find you?


Twitter: @John __Donegan