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 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 WIN Network is home to 17 news bureaus across Australia, more than 80 news staff and services a population of more than 8 million people.
Stella is responsible for 13 half hour news bulletins each weeknight, and more than 100 news updates a day.
Stella started her career as a reporter at WIN Television in the early 90s after graduating with a Masters in Journalism from the University of Wollongong and quickly rose to the position of Newsroom Chief of Staff at WIN Network headquarters in Wollongong.
After leading the flagship newsroom to record ratings, Stella moved to Channel 9 in Sydney as Assistant Chief of Staff, Producer and covered breaking national and international news as Reporter for many years.
While working at Channel 9, Stella also lectured at the University of Wollongong, passing her knowledge and skills to postgraduate students studying Broadcast Journalism both here and at UOW offshore campuses.
Stella is proud to have a long list of successful regional and metropolitan journalists she has mentored over her career spanning 27 years – and credits WIN Television for employing thousands of journalists and camera operators over a 50 year period.