Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards 2022: West Australian Newspapers reporters dominate

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Annabel Hennessy and Caitlyn Rintoul are among the nominees.
Camera IconAnnabel Hennessy and Caitlyn Rintoul are among the nominees. Credit: The West Australian

West Australian Newspapers journalists have dominated nominations for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards.

Investigations reporter Annabel Hennessy was nominated for best shortform journalism for her exclusive stories exposing widespread and endemic racism within WA’s troubled Department of Communities.

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Hennessy’s initial report prompted the department to have 10 police officers - some of whom were armed - raid the home of one of its own Aboriginal employees in an attempt to find our who was responsible for the leak.

The heavy-handed tactics sparked widespread outrage. Police later said pursuing charges would not be in the public interest.

Hennessy was 2020 Young Australian Journalist of the Year.

State political reporter Caitlyn Rintoul was nominated for best public service journalism for her series of groundbreaking reports uncovering the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in WA’s mining industry, triggered after she exposed an alleged rape at a BHP mine site.

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She has also been nominated for the June Andrews Award for Women’s Leadership in Media, a category which is open to Australian journalists of all ages.

In February, Rintoul was awarded the Walkley for best business reporting for the same investigation which covered the rape allegations and sexual harassment claims made by female fly-in, fly-out workers at some of WA’s biggest miners, including BHP, Rio Tinto and FMG.

Tom Robinson is a nominee in the community and regional affairs category for his stories in the Kalgoorlie Miner exposing problems with the cashless debit card.

The Young Walkleys celebrate the work of Australian journalists aged 28 and under.

Winners will be announced June 15 in Sydney.

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