The final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be made public today, after four years of hearings.

The Newcastle Herald's Joanne McCarthy was instrumental in pushing for the commission. She won the Gold Walkley in 2013 for her reporting -- which at that time already spanned seven years -- on child sexual abuse in the Hunter-Maitland diocese of the Catholic Church. She used her reports to repeatedly push for a royal commission. Today the Herald has marked the final report's release on its front page: