Scoop Of The Year
James Campbell (@J_C_Campbell) won the 2013 Walkley for Scoop of the Year for his Herald Sun exclusive, “Secret tape bombshell: Police crisis rocks government”. This five-page investigation revealed private conversations between Premier Ted Baillieu’s chief of staff, the Liberal Party State Director and former government adviser Tristan Weston, and exposed the backroom dealings of the Premier’s office in the long-running police command crisis.
James has been State Politics Editor of the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun since 2012 after joining the Sunday Herald Sun as a reporter in 2008. He has also worked as the Opinion Editor for both papers. Campbell has written for The Age, The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator and The Times of London. In 2010, he won the Grant Hattam Quill Award for Investigative Journalism in any Medium from the Melbourne Press Club for a series of stories about the conduct of the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Rapke that later led to his resignation.
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The sensational release of secret recorded tapes dominated the news in Victoria for a week and played a significant role in the demise of Ted Baillieu as Premier. – Judges’ comments