INVESTIGATIVE reporter Carrie Fellner has been named among the best in the business after she became a finalist in two of the Walkley Mid-Year Awards.
Fellner’s Newcastle Herald series on the Williamtown contamination scandal, The Sorrow on Cabbage Tree Road, is one of three coverage of community and regional affairs finalists, alongside former Lakes Mail and now Northern Daily Leader reporter Jamieson Murphy’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce baby scandal.
She is also nominated in the public service journalism section for her investigations into land deals involving the Awabakal local Aboriginal land council.
Those stories preceded the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s Operation Skyline inquiries.
The finalist list also recognised 20-year-old University of Newcastle student Jarrod Sansom, who has been longlisted for the Jacoby-Walkley scholarship.
Fellner has previously received recognition from the Walkleys for her coverage of the Williamtown contamination scandal. She won a Walkley for her coverage of cancer on Cabbage Tree Road, was part of a team that won a Walkley Award for Williamtown coverage in 2016 and received a Young Walkley for coverage of the issue alongside reporter Michael McGowan in 2017. Winners will be announced in Sydney on July 18.
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