The Walkley Directors Announce Incoming Judging Board Members

A letter from Walkley Foundation Ltd. Company Director, Angelos Frangopoulos, Chair of the Walkley Judging Board

On behalf of the Walkley Foundation, I am delighted to welcome the incoming members of the Walkley Judging Board.

The Walkley Foundation is at the heart of the Australian media. We recognise and promote excellence in our craft. We advocate for great journalism and work collaboratively with media organisations across the country.

The Walkley Judging Board plays a pivotal role in the work of the Walkley Foundation. Made up of senior members of the Australian media industry, the judging board members are appointed by the Directors of the Foundation and function as custodians of the Walkley Awards. They are responsible for judging the overall winners of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism after the first stage of judging. They also act as ambassadors for the Foundation.

The following new members will join myself and existing Judging Board members Lenore Taylor (Deputy Chair), Dennis Atkins, Simon Crerar, Claire Harvey and Sandra Sully.

Natalie Ahmat is a proud Mudburra and Maluyligal First Nations woman, who is passionate about telling Australian stories through an Indigenous lens. She currently presents NITV News and is a regular contributor on NITV’s current affairs program, The Point. Natalie has also fronted NITV’s live coverage of significant Indigenous events, including Garma from north-east Arnhem Land, the Uluru First Nations Constitutional Convention and the National NAIDOC Awards.

Michael Bachelard is the Gold Walkley Award-winning editor of The Age  investigations unit, and the foreign editor of Fairfax Media. He began his career in 1990 at The Canberra Times before moving to Melbourne in 1997. He has four Walkley awards and has written two books, The Great Land Grab and Behind the Exclusive Brethren.

Patricia Karvelas began her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago. She currently presents ABC Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs program RN Drive. Patricia also hosts National Wrap on the ABC News 24 channel on Sunday evenings, featuring in-depth interviews with a range of influential Australians, and co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room.

Mags King has been a photo editor for 20 years and has worked for major media organisations in London and Sydney. In 2012 she was appointed managing photographic editor across The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. Mags has been a photographic judge for the Walkley Awards, Amnesty International, Indian Photographic Festival and Clique. She has curated and produced photographic exhibitions including Photos 1440Spectrum NowInto the Line of FireWeather, and exhibitions for the Indian Photo Festival and the Head On Photo Festival.

Deborah Knight is a Nine Network news presenter, currently reading for the 6pm Sydney Weekend News. She became co-anchor of Sydney’s Ten News at Five bulletin in January 2006, before moving to Nine, where she has hosted Financial Review Sunday, co-hosted Weekend Today, filled in as host of A Current Affair, and regularly hosts and reads the news on the Today Show and Today Extra.

Stella Lauri is the network news director of Australia’s largest regional news service – WIN News. Stella is responsible for 16 half-hour news bulletins weeknights and weekends in Tasmania, the one-hour nightly bulletin All Australian News and more than 180 news updates a day. Over a career spanning 25 years, Stella has worked at Channel 9 and taught postgraduate students studying broadcast journalism at the University of Wollongong.

John Lehmann is the editor of The Australian. He has worked in senior roles on newspapers in Australia and the United States during his 25-year journalism career. He is a former editor-in-chief of Australia’s storied The Bulletin magazine, was editor at large of Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph and news editor of the Sunday New York PostThe Australian has been awarded the PANPA Newspaper of the Year award twice during his editorship.

Mark Mallabone is the deputy editor of The West Australian. In a career spanning more than 20 years at the newspaper, he has held a wide range of editorial executive positions including night editor, features editor and chief of staff. He has worked as a political reporter in Perth and Parliament House in Canberra. He is currently based in Perth.

Heidi Murphy has been working as a journalist in commercial radio for 20 years, across Queensland and Victoria. For eight years, she covered state politics in Melbourne, winning three Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards for her stories. Since the beginning of 2014, she has been the Executive Producer of Neil Mitchell’s top-rating Mornings program at Radio 3AW. She is also currently a part-time Channel Nine television reporter.

Tory Shepherd is a senior columnist and The Advertiser’s state editor. She has appeared on a range of television shows including The ChaserInsidersTodaySunriseThe Project and The Drum. Her radio gigs include ABC Adelaide, Radio National and News Radio as well as FIVEaa. Tory is a multiple award winner and an APJC and Churchill Fellow.

More information on the Walkley Judging Board can be found on our website.

I would also like to thank retiring Judging Board members Lisa Wilkinson, John Stanley, Michael Amendolia, Michael Beach, Jonathan Richards and Fran Kelly for their generous contributions.

Yours sincerely,

Angelos Frangopoulos
Company Director
Walkley Foundation
Chair, Walkley Judging Board

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