Joanne McCarthy: Social justice, community and action.

Joanne McCarthy works for the Newcastle Herald and in February marked 37 years as a journalist. She was born, grew up and still lives and works from home on the Central Coast. She is the eldest of 11 children, attended Catholic and public high schools, gained an arts degree from the University of Newcastle in 2004 as a mature age student, and an honorary doctorate from the university in 2016.
She started her career at the Gosford Star newspaper in 1980, transferring to the Central Coast Express Advocate in 1987, and continuing at the Express until 2002 when she joined the Newcastle Herald.
She has written about child sexual abuse in institutions since 2006, and wrote an article in August, 2012 that launched the Herald’s campaign for a royal commission. She has three adult sons, a dog and a cat. She enjoys silence, trees, reading, travelling, gardening and running, and hates cooking.