ABC broadcaster Maxine McKew’s decision to join Labor leader Kevin Rudd’s team as a special adviser on strategy gets her entry into an exclusive, if not exactly small, club.

To mark the occasion Crikey has dug out our working list of journalists who’ve worked for politicians. The list (employment in chronological order) was compiled in early 2005, so any additions or corrections please email [email protected].

Peter Alford: West Australian, Herald Sun, Jeff Kennett, Australian
Dennis Atkins: Wayne Goss, Courier-Mail, SMH, NSW Labor Education minister Rod Cavalier
Paul Bailey: Sydney Morning Herald, Bulletin editor.
Mark Bannerman: Ten, John Button, ABC.
David Barnett: Australian, Malcolm Fraser, Bulletin, freelance.
Andrew Bolt: Melbourne Herald, Bob Collins, Herald Sun.
Tom Burton: SMH, Michael Duffy, Department of Communications, SMH, Fin Review, SMH
Barrie Cassidy: ABC, Bob Hawke, Ten, ABC Television (presenter Insiders)
Gabriell Chan: Australian, Peter Collins, freelance
Peter Coster: Melbourne Herald, Andrew Peacock, Herald Sun
Julianne Davies: John Cain, Age, The Bulletin
Joel Deane: Herald Sun, John Brumby, San Francisco Television, Steve Bracks
Michael Doyle: The Age, Melbourne Herald, John Cain, ABC Television
Michael Dwyer: Tom Uren, Financial Review
Bernie Freedman: Federal Immigration department, Jewish News
Darren Goodsir: Qld Labor MP Bob Gibbs, Sun-Herald
Kate Hannon: Laurie Brereton, News Ltd, Mike Rann
Michael Harvey: Melbourne Herald, Vic ALP MP David White, Herald Sun
Paul Heinrichs: John Cain, Age
Nick Hordern: AFR, Reith, AFR
Hugo Kelly: The Age, Brian Howe, Richard Ellis, Crikey
Christian Kerr: Christopher Pyne, Robert Hill, Amanda Vanstone, John Olsen, Balderstone Hornibrook, Crikey
Rebecca Lang: Herald Sun, AAP, Phil Koperberg, Bob Debus (NSW ALP), Sydney Express, Sun-Herald, North Shore Times, Sunday Telegraph
Michael Magazanik: The Age, Duncan Kerr, Australian, ABC Television, Victorian Parliament
Terry Maher: AFR, Alan Stockdale, Melbourne Times, Zeitgeist, Carlton PR firm, Crikey (occasionally)
Stephen Mayne: Herald Sun, Age, Jeff Kennett, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Fin Review, The Eye, Crikey
John McCarthy: Nick Greiner, Courier-Mail
Paddy McGuinness: Bill Hayden, Fin Review, Age, SMH, Quadrant
Frank McGuire: Melbourne Herald, John Cain, Ten, ABC, McGuire Media, Natasha Stott Despoja
Glen Mitchell: The Australian, Phil Gude (Vic Liberal), International Public Relations, Herald Sun
Ian Munro: Sun News Pictorial, Joan Kirner, The Age
Kevin Norbury: Dick Hamer, The Age
Kerry O’Brien: Gough Whitlam/Lionel Bowen, ABC Television, Ten, ABC Television (presenter 7.30 Report)
Jim O’Rourke: Telegraph, Jocelyn Newman, Sun-Herald
Nick Papps: Adelaide Advertiser, John Olsen, Herald Sun
Christopher Pearson: Adelaide Review, John Howard, Fin Review, The Age, The Australian
Alan Ramsey: SMH, Bill Hayden, SMH.
Tim Rumble: Kerry Chikarovski, Sun-Herald
Mark Scott: NSW Lib Education Minister Terry Metherell, SMH, head of metro papers at Fairfax
Dennis Shanahan: NSW Liberal, The Australian
Paul Syvret: SMH, Fin Review, Qld Treasurer David Hamill, Bulletin, Courier-Mail
Gary Tippett: Sun News Pictorial, Joan Kirner, The Age
Paola Totaro: SMH, Bob Carr, Telegraph, SMH
David Turnbull: Channel 10, John Hewson, Nine
Andrew West: Federal ALP MP Jeanette McHugh, Sun-Herald, Bob Carr book
David Wilson: Australian, Jeff Kennett, Sunday Herald Sun

Peter Fray

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