Freelance Journalist of the Year Award Winners

The Freelance Journalist of the Year recognises the unique contribution that freelance journalists make across all media platforms to the future of the industry, and is open to residents of either Australia or New Zealand. The award is an initiative of the Walkley Foundation in partnership with Media Super and MEAA.

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Andrew Quilty

“The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads” “The Worst Form of Defence” and “Afghanistan After America: A Podcast”

2021 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Karishma Vyas

“The War on Afghan Women,” “Afghanistan: The Healers” and “Behind Enemy Lines“

2020 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Yaara Bou Melhem

“Maria Ressa: War on Truth” and “The Oasis”

2019 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Karishma Vyas

2018 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Jo Chandler

2017 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Yaara Bou Melhem

“Australia: At Home and Abroad”

2016 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Andrew Quilty

“Death of a Fringe Dweller”

2015 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Debra Jopson

"ASIO resists scrutiny on passport cancellations", "The crowded desert", "Aboriginal body investigated over misuse of funds", "Raiders Of The Rock Art"

2014 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Fiona Harari

“The here and now”, “Last survivors”, “Missing years”

2012 June Andrews Award for Freelance Journalist of the Year

Dave Tacon