“Unbowed Howard Takes It on the Chin”


The Age




Young Journalist of the Year Awards
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Ben Doherty (@SouthAsiaCorro) won the 2008 Walkley Young Journalist Print News Prize for his Age report, “Unbowed Howard Takes It on the Chin”. Ben is South Asia Correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, covering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Burma. He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for Fairfax Media’s newspapers and for The Guardian. He is a previous Walkley finalist and 2008 Walkley Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year. Once, in high school, Ben kicked a football through a basketball net from the other end of the court. Everyone who was there said it was amazing. Despite this profile being written in the third person, Ben had to write it himself.

Judges’ comments:

“Doherty produced a body of work that work rivalled that of more senior journalists, demonstrating the very best qualities of the profession.”