The NRMA Kennedy Awards has become the most glittering event on the Australian media calendar.
The who’s who of news gathers for a glamorous night of celebration and entertainment in the magnificent Grand Ballroom and Stables nightclub of the Australian Turf Club’s historic Royal Randwick.
All members of the working media are welcome to attend the seven hour black tie gala, which falls every year on or around the anniversary of Les Kennedy’s passing in 2011.
Australian Turf Club venue guide for 7th Annual NRMA Kennedy Awards
An unforgettable story of animal cruelty at its worst – and current affairs television at its best. The blockbusting yarn of greyhounds trained to race by chasing live animals dominated the 2015 NRMA Kennedy Awards.
Working with animal liberationists Caro Meldrum-Hanna and her ABC Four Corners team infiltrated tracks across the country.
“Making a Killing” turned the multi-million dollar greyhound industry on its head, and led to executive resignations, sanctions, nation-wide government inquiries and the introduction of new, stringent integrity measures. 23 criminal charges were laid, and at least 20 trainers banned for life as 60 more were placed under investigation.
In a category rich with examples of first-class journalism, Making a Killing also won the Spirax for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for its daring and merciless exposé of an entrenched, corrupt and brutal practice in one of Australia’s more lucrative sports.
Spectacular footage and dogged persistence by a reporting team who scored a series of revealing interviews made for a dazzling program which has had serious and lasting ramifications.
Caro Meldrum-Hanna’s far-reaching, disturbing and powerful report exposed the involvement of champion trainers in animal cruelty on an almost industrial scale.
The shocking story dominated Australian media for weeks and will have a profound impact on the greyhound industry for years to come, leaving the future of an entire sport in the balance.
ADELE FERGUSON SWEEPS THE 2014 NRMA KENNEDY AWARDS
FAIRFAX journalist Adele Ferguson struck gold at the 2014 NRMA Kennedy Awards, collecting our major awards including the P&O Cruises NSW Journalist of the Year.
Ferguson collected the Gold Spirax for her groundbreaking, gusty exposes of dodgy Commonwealth Bank financial planners.
In collaboration with Four Corners producer Deb Masters and researcher Mario Christodoulou Ferguson’s stories in the Fairfax media and on the ABC’s flagship current affairs program led to a senate inquiry, calls for a Royal Commission and the CBA’s belated vow to review the investments of 400,000 customersThe 2014 awards, at the Australian Turf Club’s stunning Royal Randwick Grand Ballroom, have raised more than $85,000 for the newly formed Kennedy Foundation – helping colleagues with compassion in confidence – and the children’s cancer charity Redkite.
In what’s become the established night of nights on the NSW media calendar political reporting legend Laurie Oakes headed a guest list including NSW Premier Mike Baird, investigative journalism guru and Redkite ambassador Chris Masters, hosts Ellen Fanning and Warren Brown, veteran media executive and journalist John Hartigan, news presenters Mark Ferguson, Sandra Sully and Hugh Riminton, ABC chief executive Mark Scott, Greenpeace CEO David Ritter, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, 2012 Gold Spirax winner Kate McClymont, 2013 Kennedy Awards NSW Journalist of the Year Joanne McCarthy, AFL hero Kevin Sheedy, boxing great Dave ‘Charkey Ramon’ Ballard, hosts Ellen Fanning and Warren Brown and 60 Minutes and ABC veteran Jeff McMullen.
The Kennedy Award for Lifetime Achievment was announced as veteran Fairfax and News Limited journalist Mr Philip Cornford, who also authored a book that made the New York Times top ten best-sellers list.
SBS journalist Joel Tozer, of The Feed, was awarded the Spirax for NSW Young Journalist of the Year.
2013 KENNEDY AWARDS A STUNNING SUCCESS
NEWCASTLE Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy was named as the winner of the 2013 P&O Cruises Journalist of the Year at the second annual Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism.
McCarthy edged out Fairfax stable mate Kate McClymont and the Seven Network’s Tim Noonan to claim the Gold Spirax trophy.
The awards recognized the talents of the state’s finest journalists across 34 categories, honored past masters and raised more than $75,000 for the children’s cancer charity Redkite and the Aboriginal Medical Service
In glittering night of nights to christen the brand new ballroom of the Australian Turf Club’s $250 million Royal Randwick grandstand more than 550 high- prolife media identities joined NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Les Kennedy’s mother Merle, making the trip from Darwin for the first time.
Other special guests included Marcus and Charlie Kennedy, entertainer Steve Clisby, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Racing Major Events and Hospitality Minister George Souris, Treasurer Mike Baird, Police Minister Michael Gallacher and Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Rugby League legend Steve Mortimer OAM also presented major awards, along with Network TEN’s Sandra Sully, Channel Seven’s Ann Sanders and Nine’s Tracy Grimshaw.
Among many highlights of the night veteran newspaper and television journalist Harry Potter became the first recipient of the Kennedy Life Time Achievement Award, presented by fellow veteran crime reporter Norm Lipson.
The Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione introduced Police Dog Kennedy, named after Les Kennedy, who died in August 2010 after a short battle with cancer.
2012 KENNEDY AWARDS
ELLEN FANNING was superb in hosting a night to remember in the grand ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, August 10th, 2012 – the first anniversary of Les Kennedy’s passing.
It was all captured by our cameramen Jason Webster and John Hughes, edited by Mark Lipson and produced by Adam Walters.
Big thanks to Tom Krause for his slick links, floor manager Todd Binney and on-stage manager Ortenzia Borreggine.
Part 1 Welcome & Les Kennedy Tribute
Part 2 Paul Lockyer Tribute, regional & crime reporting
Part 3 Racing Writer, Sean Flannery Award & radio current affairs
Part 4 News Photo, Portrait & Online Essay
Part 5 Blog, Cliff Neville & Mentoring awards
Part 6 Sport Reporting & Young Journalist awards
Part 7 Charlie Perkins Trust
Part 8 Indigenous Reporting, Gary Ticehurst tribute & TV News Camera Coverage
Part 9 Television News Reporting, Television Current Affairs, Peter Ruehl Award
Part 10 Outstanding Finance, Scoop, Online News Breaking, Court reporting
Part 11 Outstanding Splash, Illustration, Investigative Reporting, Feature Writing
Part 12 Outstanding Political Reporting, NSW Journalist of the Year