Journalist wins top award for sex abuse reporting

Joanne McCcarthy

Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy has won Australian journalism’s most prestigious award, the Gold Walkley, for her reporting on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

- Newcastle Herald

It was one of two Walkley wins for McCarthy and the Herald, which were honoured at a ceremony in Brisbane last night. The paper's team of McCarthy, editor Chad Watson and reporters Ian Kirkwood and Jason Gordon won the Walkley award for coverage of community and regional affairs for the ‘Shine the Light’ series on child sex abuse.

McCarthy’s Walkley triumph completes a sweep of Australia’s major journalism awards in the past 12 months.

She won the Melbourne Press Club’s Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year, was crowned NSW Journalist of the Year at the Kennedy Awards for excellence in NSW journalism and named the Northern NSW Journalist of the Year at the Prodi Awards.

Walkleys chairman Laurie Oakes commended McCarthy for her efforts to address the scourge of child sexual abuse through the Shine the Light series. “Joanne’s work is a shining example of what can be achieved through compassionate and sensitive reporting and the ability to engender sources’ trust,” Oakes said.

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Reporter Joanne McCarthy wins Gold Walkley

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