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Marina Go to step down as Walkley Chair

Adele Ferguson named as incoming Chair

Walkley Foundation Chair Marina Go will say farewell to the organisation later this year, after four years on the board helping the Foundation build relevant programs for the industry and a strong governance model.

Ms Go, a senior editor and businesswoman, joined the board in 2017 and was appointed the Chair in 2019. She also served on the Walkley Judging Board (2014-16).

“It has been an honour to Chair the Walkley Board for two years, and I’m proud of the strategic roadmap I leave the Foundation with,” Ms Go said.

“The work the Walkleys does in celebrating journalistic excellence is so important to the industry.”

Gold Walkley-winning investigative journalist Adele Ferguson, who joined the board in 2020, will step into the Chair role following the October board meeting. The board was unanimous in its support for Ms Ferguson.

“I wish Adele Ferguson all the best in the role,” Ms Go said. 

“Given the accuracy, ethics, dedication and attention to detail she brings to her investigative reporting, the Foundation is in good hands.”

Ms Ferguson is a columnist for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. Among her many journalism honours are eight Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley.

“Journalism has never mattered more, and I hope to continue the great work of the Walkley Foundation,” Ms Ferguson said.

“I look forward to continuing the work of management and the board in delivering the Walkleys’ mission as the industry faces ongoing challenges. 

“Marina Go leaves a great legacy: a clear strategic direction that underscores the integrity and ethics that are at the heart of what the Walkley Foundation does.”

Former ABC journalist and Vice-President of the Media section of the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Karen Percy, will become the Deputy Chair.

The Walkley Foundation began in 1956 with the first awards for the Australian Journalists’ Association. The AJA is now part of MEAA, which continues to be the proud custodian of the Walkley Foundation.


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