Tasmanian Media Awards 2021: winners

ABC’s Annah Fromberg and The Mercury’s Amber Wilson were jointly named Journalist of the Year at the MEAA’s Tasmanian Media Awards on the weekend.

Hobart-based Fromberg was also awarded for Public Service Journalism for her investigation into a controversial program for troubled kids.

The Keith Welsh Award For Outstanding Contribution To Journalism went to veteran camera operators David Brill and Tony King.

David Brill spent decades travelling the world, covering most of the major international conflicts of the past 50 years – the fall of Saigon, the fall of the Berlin Wall and on assignment in Afghanistan, the Balkans and South America. David worked as a video journalist for SBS’ Dateline from 2006-2016 and continues to work with ABC journalists and at UTas. In a career spanning five decades Tony King has earned the reputation as Tasmania’s most dependable news cameraman – the man in the right place, at the right time, getting the angles that guarantee the best coverage of any breaking event.

Winners in bold:

Journalist Of The Year
Emily Baker, ABC, “Body of work”
Annah Fromberg, ABC News online and ABC TV News, “Body of work”
Amber Wilson, The Mercury, “Body of work”

Best News Story
Adam Holmes, The Advocate and The Examiner, “Bridget Archer’s cashless welfare dilemma”
Sarah Maunder, SBS News online and SBS radio, “Young people in Tasmania are struggling more than ever to find work”
Amber Wilson, The Mercury, “Hush, Hush”

Arts Reporting
Lachlan Bennett, The Advocate, “Trading in Terror / performers of the Pandemic”
Andy Cunningham, ABC TV and ABC online, “Pop-Up Pianist”
Tim Martain, TasWeekend, “Where did you come from?”

Science, Technology & Environment
Andrew Bain, COSMOS, “Good Krill Hunting”
Alexandra Humphries, ABC 7pm bulletin and ABC online, “Body of work”
Tim Martain, TasWeekend, “River and Ocean”

Sports Coverage
James Bresneham, The Sunday Tasmanian, Mercury online, Herald-Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, NT News and TasWeekend, “Body of work”
Brent Costelloe, WIN News, “Body of work”
Chris Rowbottom, ABC News and online,“Body of work”

Health Reporting
Emily Baker, ABC, “Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Woes”
Alison Branley, ABC TV and online, “Blood Money”
Tim Martain, TasWeekend, “Let’s talk about death”

Public Service Journalism
Annah Fromberg, ABC News and online, “Brahminy Investigation”
Adam Holmes, The Examiner and The Sunday Examiner, “Body of Work”
Sam Ikin, Butterfly Foundation website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and all major podcast applications, “The Butterfly Podcast”

Excellence in Legal Reporting
Loretta Lohberger, ABC News, “Tasmanian child abuse claims”
Amber Wilson, The Mercury, “Monster Hid in Plain Sight”
Piia Wirsu, ABC Radio and online, “Inside justice and corrections”

Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs
James Boyce, Tasmanian Inquirer, “Tasmanian Poker Machine Bill Feature”
Annah Fromberg, ABC TV and online, “Brahminy Investigation”
Meg Powell, The Advocate and The Examiner, “Solid rocks, sacred ground: behind Tasmania’s ‘worst kept secret’”

Best New Journalist
Alexandra Alvaro, ABC News Tasmania 7PM bulletin, ABC News online and ABC Radio, “Body of work”
Erin Cooper, ABC News online, ABC News Tasmania 7PM bulletin and ABC News, “Body of work”
Jackson Worthington, The Examiner, “Body of work”

Photo: ABC

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