The Sydney Morning Herald & ABC




Print/Text: News Report

This investigation from Fairfax Media and the ABC revealed stories that shocked a nation, backed up with meticulous research. Over five weeks the reporters interviewed more than 50 people and contacted hundreds more to cross-check and corroborate leads. Building trust was key, giving women the courage to say publicly: “This is who we are. This is what he did.” The result was Australia’s explosive first #MeToo exposé of an alleged sexual predator.

Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. With wins in two categories this year, she now has seven Walkleys, including the Gold Walkley.

Lorna Knowles is a senior investigative reporter for the ABC. She began her 25-year career at News Ltd and Channel Seven before joining the ABC in 2006, working on programs including Media Watch7.30 and Four Corners.

Tracey Spicer AM is a broadcaster, journalist and author of the bestselling memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare about the challenges for women in the media and entertainment sector.

Alison Branley is a member of the ABC’s Specialist Reporting Team, where she researches, produces and reports for various platforms. She has also worked for News Ltd and Fairfax Media.

Judges’ comments:

“This comprehensive report provoked a long-overdue examination, not only of the subject of the three-part series but also of the broader issue of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The reporting team’s meticulous and far-reaching research gave Australia its most significant “Me Too” moment.”