The 63rd Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were presented in 30 categories on November 22, 2018. Just under 600 journalists and media identities gathered at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the gala event.
With The Teacher’s Pet podcast taking the top honour, The Australian’s investigative journalist Hedley Thomas became only the second person to win the Gold Walkley twice, after cartoonist Ron Tandberg. Wild weather and cancelled flights kept Dean Lewins from accepting the Nikon-Walkley Press Photographer of the Year award in person; he won for a body of work spanning news and sports photography. Journalist Helen Pitt’s history of the Sydney Opera House, The House (Allen & Unwin), won the Walkley Book Award. Myanmar’s Killing Fields on SBS Dateline won the Walkley Documentary Award for Evan Williams, Eve Lucas and Georgina Davies. And in a poignant presentation, Sean Dorney was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Journalism over forty years of tireless reporting on the Asia Pacific and especially Papua New Guinea.