Joanne McCarthy

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Joanne McCarthy is a senior journalist with the Newcastle Herald who has worked in regional newspapers for nearly four decades. She won the Graham Perkin Award as Australian Journalist of the Year for 2012, the Gold Kennedy Award in 2013 as NSW Journalist of the Year and the Gold Walkley Award in 2013 for reporting on institutional child sexual abuse that contributed to the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

She won another Walkley Award as one of the Newcastle Herald journalists reporting on the Williamtown RAAF Base PFAS disaster, won the inaugural Walkley Award for Public Interest Journalism in 2017 after four years of reporting on the pelvic mesh scandal, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle in 2014 for her media work.

Joanne has three adult sons and a baby granddaughter, and enjoys reading, running, bushwalking and travelling, and hates cooking.   


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