Dan Box, national crime reporter, The Australian
Dan Box is the national crime reporter for The Australian. He has previously worked for the BBC and The Sunday Times in London, and is the author of a book about Jake Kovco, the first Australian soldier to die in Iraq. Dan’s podcast and print investigation for The Australian, “Bowraville”, won two Walkley Awards in 2016.
Jo Chandler, freelance journalist, author, editor & educator
Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance journalist, author, editor and educator. Her focus is on explanatory, boots-on-the-ground reporting across a diverse range of topics: science; environment; health; human rights; women’s and children’s issues; aid and development. She has filed from assignments across Africa, remote Australia, Antarctica, Afghanistan and, frequently over the past decade, Papua New Guinea. She has earned numerous distinctions for her storytelling, including Walkley and Quill awards, the Bragg Prize for Science Writing, the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism and the ACFID Media Award. Formerly a long-time senior staffer at The Age, her work has featured in The Monthly, The Guardian, ABC Radio National, Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmos, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Griffith Review, New Scientist, The Global Mail (vale), BBC.co and Undark, amongst others. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Deakin University Contemporary Histories Group, a journalism lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Monash Universities, the editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2016 (NewSouth), and author of “Feeling The Heat” (Dispatches from the Climate Front Line – MUP). jochandler.com.au.
Trent Dalton, writer, The Weekend Australian Magazine
Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has twice won a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award. In 2016, 2014 and 2013, he was named NSW features journalist of the year at the annual Kennedy Awards.
Michelle Duff, freelance journalist and columnist, Stuff.co.nz (NZ)
Michelle Duff is a freelance journalist and weekly columnist for Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand's most-read news website. She writes for newspapers, magazines and websites from Australasia to the United States, including the Sunday-Star Times, Fairfax's Your Weekend magazine, The New Zealand Herald, The Listener, and Vice's women's channel, Broadly. She won general feature writer of the year at New Zealand's Canon Media Awards in 2016, for an investigation into the widening racial gap in education. She writes on health, culture, social issues, entertainment and more recently, parenting, while attempting to raise her own child and write a book. She studied psychology at Massey University, and is based in Auckland.
Nakkiah Lui, writer and actor
Nakkiah is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. She is a co-writer and star of Black Comedy on ABC TV and is a monthly columnist for The Australian Women's Weekly online. She has been an artist in residence at the Griffin Theatre Company (2013) and was playwright in residence at Belvoir from 2012-2014. Nakkiah is also a broadcaster with ABC, having hosted the Radio National ‘Awaye’ program and ‘NAIDOC Evenings’ for ABC Local Radio, broadcast nationally. Nakkiah is also a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community and has contributed to The Guardian and Junkee. She has appeared on Q&A and The Drum on ABC. Currently Nakkiah is in rehearsals for An Octoroon, which she is directing at Queensland Theatre Company opening September 16.
William McInnes, actor and writer
William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. Equally at home in theatre, film and television, comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work. William is also the author of nine books, Full Bore, A Man’s Gotta Have a Hobby, Cricket Kings, That’d Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia, Worse Things Happen at Sea; co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, The Laughing Clowns, The Birdwatcher and Holidays. William was most recently seen in SBS drama series, Deep Water.
Sarah McVeigh, reporter, Hack, Triple J
Sarah McVeigh has been a reporter on Triple J’s youth current affairs show Hack on Triple J for the past four years. Prior to that she was a producer on Richard Glover’s Drive at 702 ABC Sydney. She is currently working on a new podcast for the ABC.
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, reporter, ABC TV Four Corners
Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a reporter with ABC TV's Four Corners program. In December 2015 she was awarded the Gold Walkley and the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism for exposing the illegal practice of live baiting in greyhound racing. In 2015 she was also awarded NSW Journalist of the Year by the Kennedy Awards Foundation for her body of work on Four Corners. Caro reported for the ABC's nightly current affairs program, 7.30 from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that she was a researcher for Four Corners, where she returned as a reporter in 2014.
Tonya Mosley, senior reporter, Edify (US)
Tonya Mosley is the senior education reporter for WBUR's Edify. She comes to WBUR from Stanford University, where she was a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. While at Stanford, Tonya created a curriculum for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage. Before WBUR, Tonya was a regular broadcast correspondent for Al Jazeera America and created the national award-winning public radio series “Black in Seattle”. In 2014, Tonya was named one of the “51 Most Influential People” by Seattle Magazine and 2015 “Journalist of the Year” by the Washington State Association for Justice. In 2016 Tonya won an Emmy Award for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson.”
Andrew Quilty, freelance photojournalist
Andrew Quilty’s career began in Sydney but he has based himself in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2013. In that time he has travelled to more than 20 provinces across Afghanistan, work from which has garnered several awards, including the Gold Walkley — the highest prize in Australian journalism — the Polk Award for photojournalism, and a Picture of the Year International award. In 2016 a selection of Quilty's work from Afghanistan, After Enduring Freedom, was exhibited at the world's premier festival for photojournalism, Visa Pour L'Image, in Perpignan, France.
Tracey Spicer, journalist & author
Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio. Her ‘full-frontal’ columns appear weekly in metropolitan newspapers and on opinion websites. The 49-year-old is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media. Tracey’s memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare has just been released.