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Walkley Awards: Joanne McCarthy wins gold

The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia’s highest journalism honour.

Joanne McCarthy (above) from the Newcastle Herald was presented with the Gold Walkley Award at a ceremony in Brisbane last night.

She won the award for her coverage on the sexual abuse of children, primarily by Catholic clergy in the New South Wales Newcastle and Hunter Valley region.

McCarthy thanked the victims and their families for trusting her to tell their stories.

“This was about a hell of a lot of individuals in the end across the country who just decided enough was enough,” she said.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Peter

    December 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Joanne McCarthy deserves her Gold Walkley.

    Joanne McCarthy – SMH 02 Dec 2013
    Arrogant churchmen should have taken time out for a cup of tea with victims of abuse

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/arrogant-churchmen-should-have-taken-time-out-for-a-cup-of-tea-with-victims-of-abuse-20131201-2yjlj.html

  2. Geraldine Allan

    November 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Ditto #3, John.

  3. john hayward

    November 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Don’t rest on your laurels, Joanne.

    There’s another Walkley or three awaiting someone willing and able to dig into the steaming muck of Tasmania’s recent history.

    John Hayward

  4. Simon Warriner

    November 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    A hell of a leap from the sterling performance of one reporter (with the obvious support of her editor) pursuing a widely known scandal to its logical and imho inevitable conclusion to the resurrection of an ossified and corrupted media segment.

  5. don bentley

    November 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    so much for dead-tree media. newspapers are alive and kicking and getting to the heart of the matter. walk tall joanne mccarthy.

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