ABC winners and finalists honoured at NSW Kennedy Awards

An image from the ABC’s award-winning coverage of the NSW floods

ABC journalists and teams were honoured with major awards at the 2022 NSW Kennedy Awards, for regional broadcast journalism, radio journalism, portrait photography, nightly and long-form TV current affairs, court and legal affairs reporting and investigative reporting.

A joint team entry from ABC journalists on the north coast won for the ABC’s coverage of the extreme weather and floods that devastated northern NSW this year.

ABC Chief Photographer Brendan Esposito won the Outstanding Portrait Photography prize for his moving images of refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Two Four Corners reports were awarded: “Ghosts of Timor”, reported by Mark Willacy, which revealed allegations of misconduct during Australia’s 1999 East Timor intervention; and “Cosmetic Cowboys”, reported by Adele Ferguson, which exposed alarming practices in the cosmetic industry.

Other winning stories included 7.30’s coverage of the the housing crisis by Ella Archibald-Binge and of the controversies surrounding former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, led by Paul Farrell and Alex McDonald.

Sally Sara and Victoria Pengilley received another award for their radio coverage of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban for RN Breakfast and The World Today.

Full list of ABC winners and finalists

The Paul Lockyer Award: Regional Broadcast Journalism

The Chris Watson Award: Regional Journalism – Print and Online

The Sean Flannery Award: Outstanding Radio Journalism

Outstanding Podcast

Outstanding Portrait Photography

The Peter Frilingos Award: Outstanding Sports Reporting

Young Journalist of the Year

The John Newfong Award: Indigenous Affairs Reporting

The Mike Willesee Award: Outstanding Nightly Television Current Affairs

The David Leckie Award: Outstanding Television Current Affairs (Long Form)

  • Adele Ferguson and Lauren Day: Cosmetic Cowboys – Four Corners
  • Mark Willacy, Stephanie March, Josh Roberston and Kyle Taylor: Ghosts of Timor – Four Corners WINNER

Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting

Outstanding Court and Legal Affairs Reporting

Outstanding Reporting on the Environment

Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Outstanding Political Reporting

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