Young Journalist of the Year Awards
Television/Video Journalism

Yaara Bou Melhem is a multi-award winning broadcast journalist, who has worked in the remotest corners of Australia and around the world. She’s won a Bronze Medal at the New York Festival for her reporting in Aboriginal Australia, two UN Media Peace Awards and a Walkley Award for her reporting on the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. Yaara was also named the Young Australian Television Journalist of the Year by the Walkley Foundation in 2009 and 2011. She now reports for SBS Dateline and for the international network Al Jazeera English.

Judges’ comments:

“Yaara’s entry displayed thorough research and skill with the camera and the written word. Her courage in challenging the prison authorities was also noted. Yaara’s three entries were of the highest possible standard and all clearly showed the contrasts and tensions existing in Middle East. They were beautifully presented.”