Our Watch Award
Samantha Maiden is the political editor for news.com.au. She won a Walkley Award for her coverage of federal politics and Scott Morrison’s secret bushfire holiday to Hawaii in 2020. A press gallery veteran, she has covered federal politics for more than 20 years, including for The Australian and NewsCorp’s Sunday papers. But her career began in South Australia, where she edited Adelaide University’s student newspaper On Dit in 1992 and covered state politics. She is a regular guest on the ABC’s Insiders and The Project. Her first book, Party Animals was published in 2020. Her career highlights also include being called a ‘mad witch’ by Peter Dutton.
“Samantha Maiden’s work fulfilled the extensive criteria for the Our Watch awards and showed enterprise, tenacity and compassion, while displaying her customary mastery of reporting on the political process. This led to a number of reviews at Parliament House which have the potential to improve safety for women in politics.”