ABC’s Annah Fromberg named joint 2021 Tasmanian Journalist of Year

Winners from the talented ABC Hobart team (ABC News: Peter Curtis)

The ABC’s Annah Fromberg has been named joint Journalist of the Year at the MEAA’s Tasmanian Media Awards.

Hobart-based Fromberg was also awarded for Public Service Journalism for her investigation into a controversial program for troubled kids supported by the Tasmanian Government.

The judges said Fromberg “had a forensic approach to her reporting which led from a Tasmanian story to connections in the Northern Territory, Queensland and NSW”.

The co-winner was Amber Wilson from The Mercury. The judges said “both winners had the x-factor in their stories and journalism, across multi-media platforms”.

The ABC team collected seven awards at the annual media honours.

ABC Hobart camera operators David Brill and Tony King were joint winners of the Keith Welsh Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, recognising their decades of service to the media in Tasmania and beyond.

The judges said: “David spent decades travelling the world, covering most of the major international conflicts of the past 50 years – the fall of Saigon, the fall of the Berlin Wall and on assignment in Afghanistan, the Balkans and South America.

“In a career spanning five decades Tony King has earned the reputation as Tasmania’s most dependable news cameraman – the man in the right place, at the right time, getting the angles that guarantee the best coverage of any breaking event.”

The ABC’s Emily Baker was awarded top honours for Health Reporting, Chris Rowbottom for Sports Coverage and Erin Cooper as Best New Journalist.

Other ABC finalists were Mitchell Woolnough (Best News Image), Andy Cunningham (Arts Reporting), Alexandra Humphries (Science, technology and Environment), Alison Branley (Health Reporting), Loretta Lohberger (Excellence in Legal Reporting), Annah Fromberg (Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs) and Alexandra Alvaro (Best New Journalist).

Congratulations to all.

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