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2023 Kennedy Awards Winners Announced

2023 Kennedy Awards Winners Announced – four hundred and fifty guests were cheering the winners of the 2023 Kennedy Awards for Outstanding  Journalism in the ballroom of the Royal Randwick.

The Kennedys have thirty-seven categories in the nation’s richest awards for journalistic excellence.

The grand prize was Journalist of the Year and this year, after winning four separate categories for their outstanding work, it went to Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros  from The Australian Financial Review for their work on the PwC Tax Leaks Scandal.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the legendary king of the scoop, Laurie Oakes.


In all categories, the competition was fierce, especially, in a new category of the Kennedys, reporting on Human Rights, Social and Religious Affairs that also had the largest number of entries.


2023 Kennedy Awards Journalist of the Year

  • Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros – The Australian Financial Review   

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Laurie Oakes

The John Newfong Award for Indigenous Affairs Reporting

  • Carrie Fellner, Katrina McGowan, Mat Cornwell and Rhett Wyman – Paradise Poisoned – The Sydney Morning Herald          

The Vince O’Farrell Award for Outstanding Cartoon

  • Cathy Wilcox – Don’t Look, Becky – The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age      

Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting

  • Emily Baker, Amy Donaldson and Madeleine King – Do No Harm – Four Corners, ABC    

Outstanding Court and Legal Affairs Reporting

  • Nina Funnell, Lisa Muxworthy, Kerry Warren and Riah Matthews – Justice Shouldn’t Hurt – news.com.au        

The Les Kennedy Award for Outstanding Crime Reporting

  • Tara Brown and Naomi Shivaraman – PRESUMED EVIL & FALSELY ACCUSED – An incomplete investigation that destroyed a good cop’s life – 60 Minutes, Nine

Outstanding Finance Reporting    

  • Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros – PwC Tax Leaks Scandal – The Australian Financial Review        

The Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent

  • Eryk Bagshaw and Natalie Clancy – Kidnapped in Japan – 60 Minutes, Nine

Outstanding Investigative Reporting        

  • Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros – PwC Tax Leaks Scandal – The Australian Financial Review        

Outstanding Online News Breaking

  • Clementine Cuneo, Josh Hanrahan, Dan Proudman, John Rolfe and Tamaryn McGregor – Wedding Bus Tragedy – www.dailytelegraph.com.au         

Outstanding Political Reporting

  • Lucy Cormack, Tom Rabe, Alexandra Smith and Jordan Baker – Game Over for Lobbyist after “Catholic Gut” Comment – The Sydney Morning Herald      

Outstanding Reporting on Human Rights, Social or Religious Affairs

  • Grace Tobin, Patrick Begley, Mary Fallon and Meghna Bali – Locking Up Kids – Four Corners, ABC        

Outstanding Reporting on the Environment

  • Karla Grant, Michael Carey, Greg Wilesmith and Max Harach – Western Australia’s “Cultural Genocide” – Living Black, NITV

The Peter Frillingos Award for Outstanding Sport Reporting

  • Hagar Cohen, Alex McDonald and Alice Mulheron – Paralympic Scandal: Gaming the Games – Four Corners, ABC     

The Cliff Neville Award for Outstanding Team Player or Mentor

  • Stephen Rice – The Australian

The Rebecca Wilson Award for Scoop of the Year

  • Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros – PwC Tax Leaks Scandal – The Australian Financial Review 

Student Journalist of the Year

  • Tyson Jackson – The University of Notre Dame

Young Journalist of The Year

  • Kamin Gock – ABC


The Peter Ruehl Award for Outstanding Columnist

  • Emma Kemp – Guardian Australia

The Jim Oram Award for Outstanding Feature Writing

  • Neil Chenoweth and Edmund Tadros – PwC Tax Leaks Scandal -The Australian Financial Review         

Outstanding Travel Writing

  • Craig Tansley – Hollywood’s Take-Down Of Paradise – Freelancer/T Australia (Australia’s New York Times)              

The Rod Allen Award for Racing Writer of the Year

  • Ben Dorries – Body of Work – News Corp

The Chris Watson Award for Regional Reporting – Print and Online

  • Matt Garrick – Fight for Peace – ABC News Darwin  

SD Harvey Award For Short Crime Story

  • PG Davies – Adam Ingram


The Gary Ticehurst Award for News Camera Coverage

  • James Cannon – Turkey Earthquake – Seven Network        

The Mike Willesee Award for Nightly Television Current Affairs Reporting

  • Anne Connolly and Hannah Meagher – Investigation into the Public Trustee System -7.30, ABC 

Outstanding Online Video

  • Mark Morri, Josh Hanrahan, Clementine Cuneo, Ben English, Anna Caldwell and Zac McLean – The War: Young Blood – The Daily Telegraph  

The David Leckie AM Award for Television Current Affairs Reporting-Long Form

  • Nick McKenzie, Amelia Ballinger and Joel Tozer – Trafficked – 60 Minutes, Nine    

The Harry Potter Award for Television News Reporting

  • Sarah Greenhalgh, James Cannon and Bertan Ayduk – Turkey Earthquake -7NEWS

The Paul Lockyer Award for Regional Broadcast Reporting

  • Matt Cunningham – Matt Cunningham leads Australian reporting on the violence that has gripped the Northern Territory – Sky News NT


Outstanding Podcast

  • Jess Lodge, Melissa Downes and Adam Buncher – Hannah’s Story – 9News Queensland

The Sean Flannery Award for Outstanding On the Road Radio News Reporting

  • Clinton Maynard – Surry Hills Fire – Radio 2GB

Outstanding Radio Current Affairs

  • Ben Fordham and James Willis – Barilaro’s NYC Trade Job – Radio 2GB  


Outstanding News Photography

  • Darren Howe – Saved From Above – Bendigo Advertiser, Australian Community Media    

Outstanding Portrait Photography

  • Kate Geraghty – Defender of Bakhmut – The Sydney Morning Herald         

Outstanding Sports Photography

  • Adam Mclean – UCI 2022 – Illawarra Mercury, Australian Community Media          

The Power of the Lens : People’s  Choice Award

  • Nick Gane – ‘Don’t Judge’ The World’s Most Tattooed Man- 7 News

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