The Walkley Judging Board

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.

Lenore Taylor


Lenore Taylor is the editor of Guardian Australia. Over almost three decades of political reporting, she has 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 the book Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days, which examined the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis.

Claire Harvey

Deputy Chair

Claire Harvey is Editorial Director of The Australian, after starting her career at newspaper 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 working for 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.

Natalie Ahmat

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

Michael Bachelard is the Gold Walkley Award-winning deputy editor of The Age and editor of The Age investigations unit. 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.
ABC Journalist Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. He began his career covering Federal politics and has been a correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. He was the political editor for the 7.30 Report in Canberra from 2003 to 2009, the ABC's Defence and National Security Correspondent between 2013 and 2015 and the host of the AM national radio program. In 2017 Michael joined the 4 Corners program as a reporter. Michael is a two-time Walkley Award-winner. He has written for a number of newspapers and magazines and has published both fiction and nonfiction books.

Patricia Karvelas

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. She also co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room.

Mags King

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 1440, Spectrum Now, Into the Line of Fire, Weather, and exhibitions for the Indian Photo Festival and the Head On Photo Festival.

Deborah Knight

Deborah Knight is a well-respected reporter and host across TV and radio. She hosts Afternoons on Nine Radio stations 2GB, 4BC and 2CC and hosts Saturday A Current Affair for Nine TV. She's a former host and regular fill in on The Today Show, 9 News bulletins, a former U.S Correspondent and Political reporter for the 10 Network.

Stella Lauri

Stella Lauri is the Network News Director of Australia’s largest regional news service – WIN News. Stella is responsible for 12 half-hour WIN News bulletins broadcast across Australia every weeknight, a one-hour nightly network bulletin, “The All Australian News” and more than 250 news updates a day. Over a career spanning 25 years, Stella has also worked at Channel 9 and taught postgraduate students studying broadcast journalism at the University of Wollongong.

John Lehmann

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 Post. The Australian has been awarded the PANPA Newspaper of the Year award twice during his editorship.

Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald comes from Jindabyne in country NSW. He began his media career in regional radio and television before embarking on an international broadcasting career, first with UK's Channel 4 News, then Al-Jazeera English, before joining America’s ABC, as International Affairs Correspondent. In Australia, Hamish is the new host of Q&A on ABCTV and host of Radio National Breakfast. In addition, he regularly reports for Foreign Correspondent and appears on The Project on Network Ten. He has won a Walkley award for current affairs journalism and was named Young Journalist of the Year by Britain's Royal Television Society in 2008. In 2016 he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, he now sits on the Walkley Judging Board. Hamish has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, the nuclear disaster in Japan, uprisings in Hong Kong and Egypt, the London bombings and the rise of ISIS. He recently hosted the ABC’s coverage of Australia’s bushfire crisis from location in the affected areas.

Mark Mallabone

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

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.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is editor of ABC Life. Previously, she was managing editor of Crikey, covering politics and the media as well as a journalist and editor at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald reporting on arts, entertainment and business. Bhakthi co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain (Fairfax Media). Her career began at the National Young Writers’ Festival and Melbourne Writers’ Festival and she has previously judged the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature (nonfiction) twice. Bhakthi is a regular media commentator.

Tory Shepherd

Tory Shepherd is a senior columnist at The Advertiser, and was previously the paper’s political editor. She is also the author of On Freedom. Tory appears on television shows including The Drum, The Project, and Sunrise, and is a regular on various ABC radio shows. She is a multiple award winner, and a Churchill Fellow.