Kelly Burke joined Guardian Australia in 2020. Her career in journalism spans more than two decades, having started at The Sydney Morning Herald in the mid-1990s. She is a former Walkley Award finalist, and a recipient of the Australian Council of Deans of Education Award for most outstanding contribution to education journalism.

Judges’ comments:

“Kelly Burke’s reports into the treatment of performers of colour on the Neighbours set revealed deeply troubling, systemic problems within one of Australia’s most lucrative and iconic cultural exports. While scrutiny of representation in media increases, Burke’s reports critically investigated how casting and plotlines can conceal deeply racist attitudes and behaviours.”

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