Annabel Hennessy is an investigative reporter for The West Australian and The Sunday Times newspapers. She has worked for Seven West since 2019 and prior to that was employed by News Corp. She has a special interest in reporting around social issues including domestic violence, mental health and sexual abuse. She has worked in Perth, Sydney, Canberra and London.

Judges’ comments:

Annabel’s series of stories on the tragic death of Annaliesse Ugle was public interest journalism at its best. She gave a voice to the most voiceless in the community – an Indigenous child who was not only the victim of alleged sexual abuse but West Australia’s justice and housing systems too. Annabel broke the story and then followed through with powerful and incisive reporting. Her tenacity on this issue is resulting in tangible change and public benefit for the rural communities and families affected.”

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