ABC’s Emily Baker named Tasmanian Journalist of Year

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Emily Baker

The ABC’s Emily Baker has been named Tasmanian Journalist of the Year and won two other awards at the State’s annual media awards.

Baker also took Best News Story for “‘I’m real see’: The Adam Brooks saga” and won in the Comment and Analysis category.

The judges said Baker was the clear winner of the 2022 award.

“Emily broke exclusive stories and showed great bravery in bringing them to light and pursuing them, despite considerable pressure from both the Government and Opposition,” the judges said.

“She explained the significance of her stories, bringing them into context for a much wider audience. She was able to gain the trust of people to allow her to tell their stories.

“Emily’s stories were original, impactful and had far greater reach than just the Tasmanian market.”

The ABC had 20 finalists in 11 categories for the annual awards, including a clean sweep in three categories, for Journalist of the Year, Health reporting and Science, Technology and Environment.

Our other award winners were April McLennan, who was named Best New Journalist, Luke Bowden (Best News Image), Ellen Coulter (Science, Technology and Environment), Lachlan Bennett (Health Reporting) and Lucy Shannon (Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs).

Luke Bowden and Lucy Shannon were also finalists for Journalist of the Year.

Zoe Kean was named Best Freelance Journalist, including for work she did for ABC Everyday, ABC News and ABC Science.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

Full list of ABC finalists

Best News Image

  • Monte Bovill, ‘Hillcrest heartbreak’
  • Luke Bowden ‘Body of work’ (WINNER)

Comment & analysis

  • Emily Baker ‘ Body of work’ (WINNER)

Science, Technology & Environment

  • Lachlan Bennett ‘ Shifting sands in Tasmanian agriculture’
  • Ellen Coulter ‘Tasmanian rivers’ (WINNER)
  • Alexandra Humphries ‘Body of work’

Sports coverage

  • Chris Rowbottom ‘Body of work’

Health reporting

  • Lachlan Bennett ‘Tackling mental heal in rural Tasmania’ (WINNER)
  • Ellen Coulter ‘AstraZeneca future’
  • Lucy Shannon ‘Tasmania’s dental health crisis’

Public service Journalism

  • Fiona Blackwood ‘Builder debt’

Excellence in Legal Reporting

  • Lucy MacDonald ‘Body of work’

Feature, Documentary or Current Affairs

  • Annah Fromberg ‘Empty rooms – Youth Suicide’
  • Lucy Shannon ‘Tasmania’s dental health crisis’ (WINNER)

Best News Story

  • Emily Baker “‘I’m real see’: The Adam Brooks saga” (WINNER)

Best New Journalist

  • Monte Bovill ‘Body of work’
  • April McLennan ‘Body of work’ (WINNER)

Journalist of the Year

  • Emily Baker ‘Body of work’ (WINNER)
  • Luke Bowden ‘Body of work’
  • Lucy Shannon ‘Tasmania’s dental health crisis’

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