Jan 23, 2014

From fact to fiction: Williams leaves the AFR to write novels

The Fairfax newsroom is in shock over the departure of one of the company's most experienced journalists, Pamela Williams.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Australian Financial Review editor-at-large Pamela Williams (pictured), one of the country’s most celebrated journalists, has taken redundancy from Fairfax Media and plans to write a novel.

The news sent shockwaves through the AFR‘s Pyrmont newsroom when it was announced in an email to staff yesterday. Six-time Walkley winner Williams has worked at the AFR since 1987 and was controversially knocked back for a redundancy last November. AFR sources say Williams pushed for the decision to be reversed, and this time the voluntary redundancy was approved by management. Last year Williams wrote a book, Killing Fairfax, which chronicled Fairfax’s failure to dominate the online classifieds markets it had dominated in print. The book won the 2013 Walkley book award.

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