One of the features of is a series of lists and registers we are developing. In the Media section we have assembled more than 10 lists on different journalists to explore the close relationship between business, politics, media and the public relations industry.

In our first issue we are publishing four lists. They are:

Some of the other lists that we will publish in the weeks ahead include:

  • journalists who have been posted overseas by Australian media outlets
  • journalists who have made it into senior management posts
  • journalists who have made it working for major foreign media outlets overseas
  • what happens to former editors
  • political and business journalists with more than 15 years experience who have never “sold out”

We don’t want any of these to be seen as a black lists but rather a constructive means of better understanding journalism and its interface with the political and corporate sectors. However, Crikey starts from the viewpoint that what we consume through our media is affected by three worrying things:

1. The prevalence of the PR industry given that there are now twice as many spin doctors as journalists in Australia.

2. Continuing cuts to editorial resources across all media which already suffers from lack of diversity.

3. The commercial agendas of the media owners which sometimes influence what is published or broadcast.

As someone who “sold out” and worked as a spin doctor for Jeff Kennett, I saw how easy it was to manipulate the media and public opinion. The journalists only ever knew about 10 per cent of what was happening and the public about five per cent. However, seeing how it works on the inside makes you a better journalist as you have a greater insight into the political process and develop better contacts.

Therefore, selling out is not necessarily a bad thing if you return to journalism. However, it can make it difficult to write about the people you were working for when you have showed your political hand.

The scale of the exodus from journalism to PR is in many respects the manifestation of a broader problem; that being the relatively poor pay and unrewarding nature of many journalistic jobs.

As a spin doctor you get paid much more money, work more regular hours and never get sent out to badger grieving relatives in a “death knock” story. However, your goal is sometimes to distort and manipulate so you can no longer be seen to be working in the public interest, as any good journalist does. This is the trade off people make between life style and journalistic principle.

Crikey would love to receive contributions to this debate from journalists and spin doctors alike. Please email corrections or additions to the lists and any comments you have to<!– –><!– –>[email protected] Please state if you would like to remain anonymous.

Working Journalists Who Have Worked For Politicians

Peter AlfordWest Australian, Herald Sun, Jeff Kennett, Australian
Dennis AtkinsWayne Goss, Courier Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, NSW Labor Education minister Rod
Paul BaileyCavalier, Sydney Morning Herald, Bulletin editor.
Mark BannermanTen, John Button, ABC.
David BarnettAustralian, Fraser, Bulletin, freelance.
Andrew BoltMelbourne Herald, Bob Collins, Herald Sun.
Tom BurtonSMH, Michael Duffy, Department of Communications, SMH, AFR, SMH Online.
Barrie CassidyABC, Bob Hawke, Ten, ABC Television.
Gabriell ChanAustralian, Peter Collins, freelance.
Peter CosterMelbourne Herald, Peacock, Herald Sun.
Julianne DaviesJohn Cain, Age.
Joel DeaneHerald Sun, John Brumby, San Francisco Television.
Michael DoyleThe Age, Melbourne Herald, Cain, ABC Television.
Michael DuffyIndependent Monthly, Carr, Telegraph columnist.
Michael DwyerTom Uren, Financial Review.
Bernie FreedmanFederal Immigration department, Jewish News.
Darren GoodsirBob Gibbs (Qld Labor), Sun Herald.
Kate HannonLaurie Brereton, News Ltd.
Michael HarveyMelbourne Herald, David White (Vic ALP), Herald Sun.
Paul HeinrichsCain, Age.
Nick HordernAFR, Reith, AFR.
Hugo KellyAge, Brian Howe, Richard Ellis, Crikey.
Michael MagazanikAge, Duncan Kerr, Australian, ABC Television.
Terry MaherAFR, Alan Stockdale, Melbourne Times, Zeitgeist.
Stephen MayneHerald Sun, Age, Kennett, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, AFR, The Eye, Crikey.
John McCarthyGreiner, Courier Mail.
Paddy McGuinnessBill Hayden, Australian Financial Review, Age, Sydney Morning Herald.
Frank McGuireMelbourne Herald, John Cain, Ten, ABC, McGuire Media.
Glen MitchellAustralian, Phil Gude (Vic Liberal), International Public Relations, Herald Sun.
Ian MunroMelbourne Sun, Joan Kirner, Age.
Kevin NorburyHamer, Age.
Kerry O’BrienGough Whitlam/Lionel Bowen, ABC Television, Ten, ABC Television.
Morgan OggTed Pickering (NSW Lib), Telegraph, Seven.
Jim O’RourkeTelegraph, Jocelyn Newman, Sun Herald.
Nick PappsAdelaide Advertiser, John Olsen, Herald Sun.
Christopher PearsonAdelaide Review, Howard, Australian Financial Review.
Alan RamsaySydney Morning Herald, Bill Hayden, Sydney Morning Herald.
Tim RumbleChikarovski, Sun Herald.
Mark ScottTerry Metherell (NSW Lib), Deputy Editor of Sydney Morning Herald.
Dennis ShanahanNSW Liberal, Australian.
Paul SyvretSydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, David Hamill (Qld Labor), Bulletin.
Gary TippettSun News Pictorial, Joan Kirner, Age.
Paola TotaroSydney Morning Herald, Bob Carr, Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald.
David TurnbullChannel 10, John Hewson, Nine.
Andrew WestJeanette McHugh (Fed ALP), Sun Herald.
David WilsonAustralian, Jeff Kennett, Sunday Herald Sun.

Journalists Who Have Made it in Senior Management


John AlexanderSydney Morning Herald (SMH), ACP CEO
Chris AndersonFairfax, Optus CEO.
Eric BeecherSMH, Melb Herald, Text Media CEO
Fred BrenchleyAustralian Financial Review (AFR), Fairfax management, Australian, AFR, Bulletin.
John ByrneMelb Sun, various mining cos.
Ian CarrollABC, ABC datacasting chief
Phil ChubbABC, own company
Malcolm CollessNews Ltd journalist, News Ltd management
Michael Costellosomewhere, DFAT chief, ASX deputy CEO, Beazley
Ian CrossABC, Lonely Planet TV
Garry DaveyAdelaide Advertiser, STAR TV CEO
Geoff Dixonsomewhere, Qantas operations director
Bruce DoverMelbourne Herald, News Interactive CEO.
Ian ForsythABC, TAC, Norwich Union retail chief.
Josh FrithAustralian, own internet company
Ian FrykbergNine, Sky, Super League, own business
Margaret GeeAge, publishing media guides
Michael GillAFR, Fairfax Business Publications CEO.
Hugh GirnerBRW, InvestorWeb board.
Robert GottliebsenAFR, Chairman BRW Media
Steve HarrisAge, Herald Sun, Age CEO
John HartiganDaily Telegraph, News Ltd Editorial Chief
David HickieSMH, own internet company
Les HintonAdelaide Advertiser, News International CEO
Michael Hoysomewhere, dep CEO Fairfax, various boards
Greg HywoodAFR, SMH CEO
Heather KillenAFR, Yahoo.
David KochVarious, Money Management
Peter MaherBRW, mining cos.
Mark MaleyFour Corners, Investorweb
Roy MillerSunday Herald Sun, Gold Coast Bulletin GM.
Tom MockeridgeSMH, Keating, Foxtel CEO.
Mark RyanMelb Sun, Westfield marketing chief
Michael SchildbergerABC, listed company
Stuart SimsonThe Age, Simson Media
Chris SkaseMelbourne Sun, AFR, Qintex, Majorca
Max SuichIndependent Monthly, Optus, somewhere
Greg TaylorAge, Age CEO.
David WalkerAge, echoice Content director
Max WalshAFR, Broadcom, Ten board, SMH, Bulletin
Michael WilkinsonMelb Herald, publishing
Peter WylieDaily Mirror, GM Adelaide Advertiser


Journalists Now Or Recently Working For Politicians


Matthew AbbottAustralian Financial Review, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Joe Hockey.
James BakerTen Network, National Party.
Kevin BalshawABC regional, Jeff Kennett.
Karen BoalchTelegraph, Peter Collins.
Jim BonnorABC, Malcolm Fraser, Ian McLachlan, SA Liberal Party Director.
Rebecca BryantNine, Cheryl Kernot, Kim Beazley.
Glenn ByersCumberland, Harry Woods (NSW ALP).
Cheryl CartwrightAAP, Alexander Downer, John Moore, Warren Truss.
Graham CassidySydney Morning Herald, Michael Knight.
Paul ChamberlinSydney Morning Herald, Age, NineMSN, John Anderson.
Adam ConnollyAustralian, Telegraph, John Sharp, John Howard, Michael Wooldridge, Oxford.
Michael Costellosomewhere, Hayden, DFAT, Australian Stock Exchange, Kim Beazley.
Paul Cowdyjournalist in PNG, NT Country Liberal Party.
Kevin Donnellan5DN, Dean Brown, Amanda Vanstone.
Matt Dowlingradio, Peter Ryan (Vic Nat).
Anna Fitzgeraldsomewhere, Meg Lees.
Greg FriedewaldThe Sunday Sun, AAP, press secretary to NSW Planning Minister, Eric Bedford, Commonwealth PR director, media adviser to ACT Opposition Leader, Jon Stanhope
Luis M GarciaSydney Morning Herald, Chikarovski, Sydney Morning Herald, Chikarovski.
Steve GartlandHerald Sun, MEAA, Bob McMullan, Steve Bracks.
Wendy George2WS, Bob Carr.
Rachel GleesonRegional media, Chikarovski.
Kate GriffinAdelaide Advertiser, Adelaide TV, Adelaide Liberal Party.
Adrian GrundyRadio, Denis Napthine.
Ian HankeAge, radio, Peter Reith.
Sandra HarveySydney Morning Herald, Paul Whelan (NSW Labor).
Jane HenschkeTen, Peter McGauran.
Sam HerronChannel Ten, David Kemp.
Steve Ingramsomewhere, Phil Ruddock, Australian Bankers’ Association, Phil Ruddock.
Jason LairdHorsham Gazette, Geelong Advertiser, Jeff Kennett, Telstra.
Amanda LampeWest Australian, Con Sciacca, Bob Carr.
Rebecca LangHerald Sun, AAP, Phil Koperberg, Bob Debus (NSW ALP).
Dieter LehmannLeader Newspapers, Denis Napthine (Vic Lib).
Shoshana LenthenAAP, Harry Woods (NSW ALP).
Liz LopesAge, Lyn Allison (Democrat).
Peter LewisTelegraph, Jeff Shaw (NSW Labor), NSW Labor council.
Ainslee MaccullumWA radio, Senator Andrew Murray (Dem).
Paul MaloneCanberra Times, various Labor ministers.
Lachlan McDonaldSun News Pictorial, Kirner, Peter Batchelor (Victorian ALP)
Sandra McKayAAP, Age, John Thwaites (Vic ALP).
Michael MooreHobart Mercury, Tasmanian Government (Ray Groom), Jeff Kennett, Turnbull Porter Novelli, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Steve Murphy3MP, 3AK, 3UZ, 3AW, Kennett
George NegusABC, Lionel Murphy (Fed Labor), Nine, ABC.
Jim O’BrienMelbourne Herald, NT Country Liberal Party.
Terry O’ConnorAAP, Richard Alston.
Tony O’LearyBrisbane Sun, Ten, Herald Sun, Federal Liberal Party, John Howard.
Matthew PhelanHerald Sun, Steve Bracks.
Jane PhillipsTen, Steve Bracks.
Amanda PlatellWest Australian, William Hague (UK Tory leader).
Colin RadfordABC Radio, MEAA, Brumby (then Victorian Opposition Leader), Bracks (Vic Premier).
Jon Richardsregional media, comic script writer, Jeff Kennett, Peter Ryan (Vic Nat).
Nikki SavvaHerald Sun, Age, Peter Costello.
Walt SecordAustralian Jewish News, Sutherland Council, Bob Carr.
Andrew ShollABC, Alan Griffith, Tony Blair.
Michael SmithLeader Newspapers, David Kemp, Phil Honeywood (Vic Lib).
Anne StanfordRegional TV, Jeff Kennett, Monash University.
Russ Street2SM, 3XY, for self, Ian Macdonald (Lib).
Jon TaylorABC News, NT Country Liberal Party.
Jim TennysonSun, Steve Crabb, Herald Sun, Steve Bracks.
Greg TurnbullABC Brisbane, Paul Keating, Kim Beazley.
Geoff WalshMelbourne Herald, ALP, Bob Hawke, DFAT, Paul Keating, DFAT, ALP national secretary.
Serena WilliamsGeelong Advertiser, Jeff Kennett, Michael Wooldridge
Innes WilloxAge, Alexander Downer.
John Wilsonsomewhere, Bronwyn Bishop.
James WoodsNews Ltd, John Herron.
Viv WynterABC Radio, Senator John Woodley (Qld Dem).


Journalists To PR Agencies


Tim AllertonAustralian, City PR
Julia BalderstoneWeekly Times, Hill & Knowlton
Peter Barronsomewhere, Bob Hawke, Packer
Vince BasilleAge, Steve Crabb, Medialink/Grollos.
Bruce Baskettfounding Herald Sun editor, general manager Bendigo Advertiser, editor Christchurch Press, Hinton & Associates.
Noel BushnellAustralian Business, Bushnell-Hannigan
Shane CahillSunday Herald, Tony Sheehan (Vic ALP), CPR
Bernie ClancyMelbourne Herald, own firm.
Simon ClarkAge, Nine, Stratcom
Kate DaviesSeven, Burston Marstellar.
Ken DavisMelb Herald, Holt PR, Turnbull Porter Novelli.
Martin DobellABC, John Fahey, Burson Marstellar.
Kerrie DougglasABC, Hill & Knowlton.
Paul EllercampSydney Morning Herald, Ten, Bob Hawke, Surf Life Saving Association, own firm.
Dean FeltonQueensland Newspapers, ABC, Channel 9, Channel 7, Channel 10, self-employed media consultant, Medialink Productions.
John FieldAdelaide Advertiser, Field Business Services.
John FitzgeraldMelbourne Herald, International Public Relations, own firm.
John HanniganABC, Alcoa, Hannigan-Bushnell.
Robin HarrisAFR, Bankers Trust, John Dawkins , Australian Stock Exchange, own firm.
Virginia HaussegerABC TV, Nine, Cosway.
Trevor HawkinsMelbourne Sun, National Times, Daily Telegraph, Holt PR, Hill and Knowlton.
Tony HeselevSun, Rob Jolly, Buchan Communications
John HewittMMM, Warwick Smith, AusAccess.
Pat HintonMelbourne Herald, Hinton & Associates.
Scott HintonHerald Sun, JB Were, Hinton & Associates.
Ken HooperTelegraph, Nick Greiner, Hooper Communications.
Celia Horgan3UZ, Nine, Stratcom.
Adam KilgourAAP, Nick Bolkus, Communications & Public Relations.
Kate Lenthall/KerrisonAAP, Age, Kortlang.
Liza-Jane LockeABC Radio, Wayne Goss, Kortlang, James Hardie, Hawker Britten.
John MacGregorABC, John Fahey, Edelman.
Nick MaherCourier Mail, Qld Liberal Party, Jeff Kennett, Hill & Knowlton.
Karen MaleySMH, Australian Financial Review, Easson Maley Caldon (EMC).
Neil McCarthyLeader Newspapers, Communications & Public Relations.
Anthony McClellandABC, Witness, own firm.
Ross McSwainHerald, Wayne Goss, International Public Relations, self.
John MinerNewcastle Herald, Cain, Paul Keating, own firm.
Libby MoffattTelegraph to Australian Financial Review, Moffatt & Gray.
Geoff Mortsomewhere, Ian Sinclair, West Australian, Pat McNamara, Calkain & Co.
Alan OakleyTelegraph, Herald Sun, Buchan Communications.
Patricia OakleyABC, Refshauge, own firm.
Andrew ParkerAustralian, John Hewson, Parker and Partners.
Col Parkesone of the Sydney dailies, Bob Hawke, Hill & Knowlton.
Tania PriceAAP, Herald Sun, Jeff Kennett, Kortlang.
Bob PritchardHerald & Weekly Times, News Ltd, various agencies, AMP, own firm.
Peter RyanABC, IPR Shandwick.
Janet SaundersAustralian Financial Review, Burson Marstellar, own firm
Joe ScardSeven, Peter Cook, Kim Beazley, ACT (NZ), Kortlang.
Jane SingletonABC, Jane Singleton PR.
Ian SmithAdelaide Advertiser, SA Libs, Kennett, Kortlang.
Linda SmithNews Ltd, PMP, Stratcom.
Mike SmithAge editor, IPR Shandwick.
Joyce ThompsonAAP, Hill & Knowlton.
James TonkinAdelaide News, Melbourne Herald, News Ltd London, Sunday Herald Sun, Jeff Kennett, Victorian Police Commissioner, Kortlang.
Mark TriffittAAP, Jeff Kennett, Kortlang.
Paul WhiteABC 7.30 Report, National Nine News, his own company.
Helen Willoughbysomewhere, Craig Knowles, Hill & Knowlton.
David WilsonAge, IPR Shandwick.
Nada Vlatko2GB, Senator Vicki Bourne (Democrats), Singleton
Susan Woodsomewhere, Seven, own firm.


<!– –>Journalists Now In Corporate/Govt Affairs Positions (via political offices and PR agencies where relevant)


Bram AlexanderBorder Mail, Sun News Pictorial, ABC TV, Victorian Health Department.
Shari ArmisteadAAP, Channel Ten, Channel Nine, NSW Health, Wendy Edmond (Qld ALP)
Hugo ArmstrongABC, Telstra, Powercor.
Eric AubertNewcastle Herald, Energy Australia.
Gayle AustenAge, IPR, BHP, Foster’s, Commonwealth Funds Management.
Liam BathgateAAP, Ian Sinclair, Transfield, NSW National Party, Tennix.
Simon BaulderstoneAge, Bob Hawke, Australian Conservation Foundation, Paul Keating, SOCOG.
Aileen BerryHerald Sun, News Ltd corporate affairs.
Gerard BrownAustralian, Robert Ray, Ciba Geigy, Allen Consulting, ANZ.
Andrew ButcherHerald Sun, News Corp corporate affairs in New York..
Peter CairnsMelbourne Herald, Amcor.
Milton CockburnSydney Morning Herald, Neville Wran, Sydney Morning Herald, SOCOG.
Joseph DowlingAustralian Financial Review, Courier Mail, Suncorp-Metway.
Alister DrysdaleSun News Pictorial, Royce PR, Malcolm Fraser, Tobacco Institute,Andrew Peacock, John Elliott, John Olsen, Alan Brown, Jeff Kennett, Tattersalls.
Tim DuncanBulletin, Alan Brown, Philip Morris, Australian, Dick Pratt, Rio Tinto.
Jeremy FlintAge, Australian Financial Review, Rothmans Phillipines.
Mark FurnessAustralian, Australian Financial Review, Foxtel.
David GazardBloomberg, News Ltd, John Howard, Westpac.
Wayne Geddes2WS, Bob Collins, NSW State Rail.
Fiona GilliesSunday Herald Sun, Jeff Kennett, Victorian Health Department.
Tony GrayBusiness Review Weekly, Dick Pratt.
David GrearsonAge, Herald Sun, CS First Boston.
Gervase GreenAge, Sunday Herald, Lionel Bowen (Fed ALP), Age, Australian Stock Exchange.
Peter GrimshawTelegraph, Bruce Baird (NSW Lib), Star City Casino.
Robert HadlerTreasury, EPAC, Peter Durack, Australian, ANZ, National Farmers’ Federation, Goodman Fielder.
Nick HarfordLeader, Darryl Williams, Dick Pratt.
Susie vamdemHeuvelsomewhere, Federal Health PR.
John HineMelbourne Sun, Buchan Communications, Pacific Dunlop.
Geoff HoleShipping News, Telegraph, Westfield.
Michelle InnisAAP, Macquarie Bank.
Prue InnisAge, Victorian Supreme Court
Lisa JamiesonHerald Sun, Macquarie Bank.
David JonesTV, Nick Greiner, Medical Benefits Fund.
Robert Kenny2UE, Police Commissioner Peter Ryan.
Carl KitchenThe Sun News Pictorial, BHP, Mayne Nickless.
Mark LeverAAP, Michael Lavarch, AAP, NRMA.
Patrick LyonsHerald Sun, Mitsubishi.
Peter ManningABC, Seven, Seven Network PR.
Randal MarkeyWest Australian, Australian Business Ltd.
Liz McGrathSeven, Sky, Foxtel, Telstra, Goodman Fielder.
David McLachlan2UE/John Laws, John Fahey, ComBank.
Rod MetcalfeAustralian Financial Review, Westpac, Sydney Water, somewhere.
Roseanne MichieSun News Pictorial, Sunday Herald, Telstra, Tennis Australia, own firm.
Karen MunsieAAP, PR Agency, Goodman Fielder, MBA.
Grant NihillTizer, Bob Hawke, Telstra.
Justin O’BrienBallarat Courier, Senator Lyn Allison to Gundjehmi Corp.
Sandra OlsenTelegraph, Jackson Wells, Energy Australia.
Garry O’NeilAustralian, ABC, Kim Beazeley, Crown Casino.
John O’NeilPage One, 7.30 Report, Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Egan, SOCOG.
Bernard O’RiordanAustralian Financial Review, Qantas.
Bruce PhillipsABC in London, Australian Federal Court.
Michael PirrieAge, Herald Sun, Channel 9, St Vincents, MCC, SOCOG.
Jock RankinABC TV, Financial Planners’ Association, Property Council of Australia
Matthew RussellSydney Morning Herald, Docklands Authority, Macquarie Bank.
Mark RyanThe Sun, John Cain, Paul Keating, Australian Republican Movement, Westfield.
Russell SchneiderNews Ltd, Reg Withers (Fed Lib), Australian, Health Insurance Association.
Michael SharpSydney Morning Herald, Kortlang, Westfield.
John ShortTreasury, Australian, Malcolm Mackellar, Australian, HSBC, Australian, Westpac.
Michael SpencerCapital 7 Canberra, Seven, Rob Jolly, John Cain, Joan Kirner, BHP.
Katherine TehAge, Australian, North, WMC, own firm.
Jeremy ThompsonCanberra Times, ABC, Seven, Federal Health Department.
Simon TroethNews Ltd, Downer, Campbell, Kortlang, Geoff Prosser (Fed Lib), Electricity Association.
Graham WalkerMelbourne Sun, Steve Crabb (Vic Labor), Environment Department.
Karina WatsonSomewhere, Jim Kennan (Vic Labor), Coles Myer.
Tony WellsABC radio, BHP
Katrina WillisAAP, SBS, Environment Australia.
Richard WillisChannel 10 Melbourne, Hard Copy, Channel 10 Sydney, North Limited.
Paul WilloughbyAdelaide Advertiser, Robert Tickner, Mark Scully (NSW Labor), Olympics.
Peter WittsAustralian, Telstra.
Steve WrightSun News Pictorial, Telstra.


Journalists Now In Corporate/Govt Affairs Positions (via political offices and PR agencies where relevant)


John AlexanderSMH, ACP CEO.
Chris AndersonFairfax, Optus CEO.
Eric BeecherSMH, Melb Herald, Text Media CEO.
Fred BrenchleyAFR, Fairfax management, Oz, AFR, Bulletin.
John ByrneMelb Sun, various mining cos.
Ian CarrollABC, ABC datacasting chief.
Phil ChubbABC, own company.
Malcolm CollessNews Ltd to News Ltd.
Michael Costellosomewhere, DFAT chief, ASX deputy, Beazley.
Ian CrossABC, Lonely Planet TV.
Garry DaveyAdelaide Advertiser, STAR TV CEO.
Geoff Dixonsomewhere, No two at Qantas.
Bruce DoverMelbourne Herald, News Interactive.
Ian ForsythABC, TAC, Norwich Union retail chief.
Josh FrithAustralian, internet company.
Ian FrykbergNine, Sky, Super League, own business.
Margaret GeeAge, publishing.
Michael GillAFR, Fairfax Business Publications.
Hugh GirnerBRW, InvestorWeb board.
Robert GottliebsenAFR, Chairman BRW Media.
Steve HarrisAge, HWT, Age CEO.
John HartiganDaily Telegraph, News Editorial Chief.
David HickieSMH, own company.
Les HintonAdelaide Advertiser, News International CEO.
Michael Hoysomewhere, dep CEO Fairfax, boards.
Greg HywoodAFR, SMH.
Heather KillenAFR, Yahoo.
David KochVarious, Money Management.
Peter MaherBRW, mining cos.
Mark MaleyFour Corners, Investorweb.
Roy MillerSunday Herald Sun, Gold Coast Bulletin GM.
Tom MockeridgeSMH, Keating, Foxtel CEO.
Grahame MorrisMurrumbidgee Irrigator, Border Mail, News Ltd, various Lib secretariat positions, Downer, Howard, News Ltd.
Mark RyanMelb Sun, Westfield Marketing.
Michael SchildbergerABC, listed company.
Stuart SimsonThe Age, Simson Media.
Chris SkaseAFR, Majorca.
Max SuichIndependent Monthly, Optus, somewhere.
Greg TaylorAge, Age CEO.
David WalkerAge, echoice Content director.
Max WalshAFR, Broadcom, Ten board, SMH to Bulletin.
Michael WilkinsonMelb Herald, publishing.
Peter WylieDaily Mirror, GM Adelaide Advertiser.


The Lily-white veterans. Non-subbing & Non-Sports Journalists With More Than 15 Years’ Experience & No Propaganda Experiments Or Media Training


Tony Allan 
David Armstrongthe Australian
Paul Austen 
Mark Baker 
Paul BarryChannel 7, the ABC
Stephen Bartholomeusz 
Michael Beach 
John Beveridge 
Peter Blundenthe Herald-Sun
Pamela Bonethe Age
Paul BongiornoChannel 10,
Glenn Burge 
Shane Burke 
Richard CarletonABC, Channel 9
Mike Carlton 
Vic Carroll 
Nick Cater 
Michael Cave 
Peter Cave 
Pilita ClarkSydney Morning Herald, the Eye
Peter Cole-Adams 
Mark Colvin 
Lyall Corless 
David Dale 
Ken Davidsonthe Age
Mark Daythe Australian
Frank Devinethe Australian
Tim Dodd 
Brendan Donohue3AW
Glenn Dyer 
Glenn Dyner 
Barry Fitzgerald 
David Fitzsimmons 
Peter Flaherty 
Brian Frith 
Peter Game 
Phil Gardner 
Shelley Garethe Australian
Ross Gittinsthe Age
Robert GottliebsenBRW
Michelle Grattanthe Financial Review
Shane Green 
Ross Greenwood 
Bruce Guthriethe Age
Gideon Haighthe Eye
Peter Harvey 
Derryn HinchChannel 7, 3AW
Judith Hoare 
Malcolm Holland 
Steve Howard 
Ian Howarth 
John Hurst 
Roger Johnston 
Tony Jonesthe ABC
Paul Kellythe Australian
Geoff Kitney 
Christopher Kremmer 
Anne Lampe 
Deb Light 
Ian Lovett 
John Lyons 
Malcolm Maiden 
Mel Mansell 
David Marrthe National Times, the Sydney Morning Herald
Ray MartinChannel 9
Brett McCarthy 
Helen McCombie 
Terry McCrannthe Herald-Sun, the Australian
Phil McLean 
Geoff McMullanChannel 9
Peter Meakin 
Glen Milnethe Australian, Channel 7
Chris Mitchell 
Neil Mitchellthe Herald, 3AW
Ian Moore 
Mark Morri 
Linda Morris 
Paul Mullins 
Mike MunroChannel 9
George NegusABC
Sally Neighbourthe ABC
Laurie Nowell 
Laurie OakesChannel 9
Tom Ormonde 
Richard Owen 
Giles Parkinson 
Tony Parkinsonthe Age
Michael Pascoe 
Janine Perrett 
Ben Potter 
Campbell Reidthe Australian
Ros Reines 
Deborah Richards 
Ivor Ries 
Hugh RimintonChannel 9
Brian Robbins 

Colleen Ryan

Brad Schmidt 
Mal Schmidtke 
Liz Sexton 
Errol Simperthe Australian
Russell Skeltonthe ABC, the Age
Vickie Smiles 
Paul Smith 
Geoff Stead 
Tony Stephensthe Age
Michael Stutchbury 
Candy Sutton 
Trevor Sykes 
Brian Tooheythe National Times
John Trevorrow 
Max Walshthe Bulletin
Chris Webb 
Jana WendtChannel 9, Channel 7
John Westacott 
Mark Westfield 
Marion Wilkinson 
Peter Wilkinson 
Pam Williams 
Bruce Wilson 
John Wilson. 
Peter Wilson 
Charles WooleyChannel 9
Tony Wrightthe Age


Former Editors



Piers AkermanAdvertiser and Herald Sun to Telegraph columnist
John AlexanderSMH to ACP CEO
Bruce BaskettMelb Herald to ??????
Eric BeecherSMH and Melb Herald to Text Media CEO
Creighton BurnsAge to ????
Les CarlyonAge to Bulletin columnist
Vic CarrollSMH to author
Milton CockburnSMH to SOCOG media director
Michael DaveyAge to ?????
Mark DayAustralian to media columnist
Frank DevineAustralian to columnist
Colin DuckMelb Sun to chairman Geelong Newspapers
Alan FarrallyAustralian to ??????
Robert GottliebsenBRW to chairan BRW Media
Ross GreenwoodBRW to English magazine
Steve HarrisHerald Sun to AGE CEO
John HartiganDaily Telegraph to News editorial director
David HickieSMH to own business
Pat HintonMelb Herald to Hinton & Assoc PR
Les HollingsAustralian to columnist
Greg HywoodAFR to SMH CEO
Paul KellyAustralian to Oz International Editor
Alan KohlerAFR and Age to ABC reporter and AFR columnist
John LyonsSMH to Bulletin national correspondent
Paddy McGuinnessAFR to SMH columnist
Roy MillerSunday Telegraph to GM Gold Cost Bulletin
Neil MitchellMelb Herald to 3AW morning host
Ian MooreSunday Herald Sun to Telegraph editorial writer
Gerard NoonanAFR to MEAA super fund
Alan OakleyHerald Sun to Buchan Communications
Peter RobinsonAFR to Sun Herald columnist
Mike SmithAge to IPR Shandwick chairman
Bruce StannardOz Business to Howard speeches to ????
Trevor SykesAus Business to AFR columnist
David UrenBRW to Oz columnist
Peter WylieDaily Mirror to Adelaide Advertiser GM

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