Radio National, ABC




Our Watch Award

Sarah Dingle is a dual Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter with the ABC, working across radio and TV current affairs. She considers herself an unapologetic generalist, conducting investigations on everything from indigenous affairs and human rights to defence and sport. Her work has also won UN Media Peace Prizes, Amnesty Media Prizes, the Voiceless Media Prize, and the Australian College of Educators Media prize. Her radio documentaries for the ABC’s Background Briefing have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Sports Commission Awards and the National Press Club. In 2010 she was the ABC’s Andrew Olle Scholar.

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Judges’ comments:

“Sarah Dingle’s portfolio paints a picture of an Australia riven by a crisis of violence against the most vulnerable. Each report would have been a worthy entry but together, her programs on dowry abuse and sexual slavery; on the flaws in our legal processes which led to the conviction of a Sudanese-Australian woman; and the devastating revelation that one person with a disability is murdered by their carer every three months reveal the threads which are the drivers of violence in this country.

“Most heartbreakingly, Dingle reveals what she describes as a national epidemic of the justification of domestic violence by carers. Among other impacts, the story about dowry abuse precipitated a Parliamentary Committee report; and her program ‘Carers Who Kill’ highlighted the need for the Disability Royal Commission to include abuse in the community, not just in institutions. That is now included in the commission’s terms of reference.”

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