Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV




International Journalism

Reporters persisted through government interference and airstrikes to document a war that has killed more than 6,500 people but been largely ignored by the world — the bombed hospitals, schools and homes; the deaths of child soldiers; the growing cost of malnutrition; and the flight of nearly 3 million people.

Sophie McNeill is the ABC’s Middle East correspondent. In 2010 she won a Walkley for her reporting from Afghanistan.

Aaron Hollett is the ABC’s Beirut bureau camera operator, and works extensively in the region’s conflict zones. In 2015 he was a member of the ABC team awarded a Walkley for their coverage of the Gaza Conflict.

Producer Mark Corcoran and editor Matt Walker are based in Sydney with the Foreign Correspondent program. Corcoran has three decades’ experience in international TV journalism and is a previous Walkley winner.

Judges’ comments:

Courageous journalism and superb cinematography reveal the horrors of the largely unreported war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia, which backs the deposed government. ABC Middle East Correspondent Sophie McNeill focuses on the children killed, maimed and starving to death because of Saudi air strikes and the blockade on food and medical supplies.