2016 Walkley Awards: winners

Four Corners & ABC dominate TV categories, with wins for SBS, Nine and SKY News.


Four Corners has dominated the Television categories at the 2016 Walkley Awards last night, picking up 4 awards including Investigative Journalism, TV Weekly Current Affairs, Interview and Business Journalism.

ABC was also recognised for Foreign Correspondent, 7:30 and Sarah Ferguson’s Hitting Home doco.

There were also wins for SBS, SKY News, and two by Nine, announced at a Brisbane event hosted by David Speers.

Freelance photographer Andrew Quilty won the Gold Walkley Award for his extraordinary body of work, “The Man on the Operating Table”.

TV and related categories:

Television/Audio-Visual News Reporting
Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty, The Project, Network Ten, “Milked Dry”
Chris O’Keefe, Nine News, Nine Network, “Bankstown Hospital”
Robert Ovadia and Chris Maher, Seven News, Seven Network, “Parramatta Police Shooting”

Television/Audio-Visual Daily Current Affairs
Anne Connolly and Suzanne Smith, 7.30, ABC TV, “Anglican Church Paedophile Ring”
Louise Milligan and Andy Burns, 7.30, ABC TV, “George Pell Investigation”
Matthew Peacock, 7.30, ABC TV, “St Vincent’s Chemotherapy”

Television/Audio-Visual Weekly Current Affairs
Linton Besser, Louie Eroglu, Jaya Balendra and Elise Worthington, Four Corners, ABC TV, “State of Fear”
Sharon Davis and Helen Grasswill, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Into the Fog of War Parts 1 & 2”
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon and Elise Worthington, Four Corners, ABC TV,  “Australia’s Shame”

Investigative Journalism
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodoulou, Fairfax Media and Four Corners, ABC TV, “CommInsure scandal”
Dan Box and Eric George, The Australian, “Bowraville Investigation”
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Mary Fallon and Elise Worthington, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Australia’s shame”

Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Jackson and Lawler”
Leigh Sales, 7.30, ABC TV, “Bill Shorten interview”
Michael Usher, Laura Sparkes and Grace Tobin, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Where is William?”

Aaron Hollett, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Yemen: The War on Children”
Greg Nelson and Matt Davis, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “#BlackLivesMatter”, “Get Up, Stand Up” and “Freedom Riders”
Andy Taylor, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Predator”

Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique
Waleed Aly and Tom Whitty, The Project, Network Ten, “ISIL is Weak”, “Click Something Else”, “Milked Dry”
Greg Jericho, Guardian Australia, “Scott Morrison’s car-crash logic and the real story behind the ‘taxed-nots’”, “I spend my time writing about the economy, but the climate data hits me right in the gut”, “I no longer see my daughter’s Down syndrome, I only see a beautiful girl called Emma”
Jacqueline Maley, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Trump, tax and terror”

Social Equity Journalism
Linton Besser, Ali Russell and Alex McDonald, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Ripped Off”
Sharon Davis and Helen Grasswill, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Into the Fog of War”
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times, Fairfax Media, “Sold Out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”

Multimedia Storytelling
Paul Farrell, Nick Evershed, Helen Davidson, Ri Liu, Josh Wall and Guardian Team Australia, Guardian Australia, “The Nauru Files”
Gina McKeon, Boris Etingof, Jake Duczynski and John-Paul Marin, SBS Australia, “My Grandmother’s Lingo”
Shirtfronted multimedia storytelling team, Fairfax Media, “Shirtfronted: The story of the Abbott government”

Coverage of Indigenous Affairs
Bronwyn Adcock, Background Briefing, ABC Radio National and The Saturday Paper, “Aboriginal Fishing: When culture becomes criminal”, “Indigenous fishing rights caught in the net”
Dan Box, Eric George and Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian, “Bowraville”
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Clay Hitchens and Mario Christodoulou, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Callous Disregard”

Coverage of Community or Regional Affairs
Jane Bardon, ABC 1 NT and ABC News 24, “Exposing injustice in remote corners”
Melissa Cunningham, The Courier, Ballarat, “Royal commission into child sexual abuse: a path of hope to Rome
Newcastle Herald Staff Reporters, Newcastle Herald, “The foam and the fury”

Sports Journalism
Sarah Dingle, Background Briefing, ABC Radio National, “Inside the Matildas’ Strike”
Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau and Mario Christodoulou, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Whatever it Takes”
Adrian Proszenko, The Sydney Morning Herald, “Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal”

Sturt Krygsman, The Australian, “Not so Trojan Horse”, “Dangerous Waters”, “Michael Brand: The Gallery Director with the Hard Edges”
David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review and The Sun Herald, “New clothes”, “Malcolm X and Ali”, “White ribbon”
Sam Wallman, Kylie Boltin and Genevieve Dwyer, SBS, “Brick by Brick: A Comic from Eastern Europe’s Border Crisis”, “Winding Up The Window: The End of the Australian Auto Industry”

Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue
David Marr and Melissa Davey, Guardian Australia, “Cardinal Pell before the royal commission”
Grant McArthur, Andrew Jefferson, Ruth Lamperd, Evonne Madden and Matthew Johnston, Herald Sun, “Bacchus Marsh Baby Deaths”
Sky News Team, Sky News, “2016 Election Coverage”

Business Journalism
Adele Ferguson, Klaus Toft and Mario Christodolou, Fairfax Newspapers and Four Corners, ABC TV, “CommInsure scandal”
Panama Papers Team, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Australian Financial Review and Four Corners, ABC TV, “Panama Papers”
Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age, “Sold out: Australia’s biggest wages scandal”

International Journalism
Paul Farrell, Helen Davidson, Ben Doherty, Nick Evershed,  Will Woodward and Guardian Australia Team, Guardian Australia, “The Nauru files exposed”
Sophie McNeill, Aaron Hollett, Mark Corcoran and Matt Walker, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Yemen: The War on Children”
Sally Sara, Matt Davis and Gregory Nelson, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “#BlackLivesMatter”

“Our news teams have had a very strong year in breaking stories and setting agendas at the international, national and local level,” ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said.

“The Walkley Awards our journalists have won tonight reflect not only the great journalism the ABC produces but its value to our audiences.”

The ABC’s Director of News Gaven Morris said: “This demonstrates the breadth as well as the quality of the news and current affairs journalism ABC News provides for all Australians, delivered by some of the nation’s best journalists.

“Well done to all of our finalists and award-winners.”

One Response

  1. Am I the only one who either didn’t watch or read any of these stories? Just going through the list and seeing the titles and subject matter was tedious and shows the disconnect between what journos and their industry mates find worthy and interesting and what the public likes and wants.

    I didn’t watch Sunday Night or 60 Minutes at all this year because their floating timeslots made them almost impossible to find, and as for newspapers I only buy one tabloid for the pictures and if they have any stories about fitness or bodybuilding.

    I suppose the journos can pat each other on the back like this one night a year. It is just a pity they seem to operate in a parallel universe to everybody else.

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