Paul Whittaker – Chief Executive Officer of Sky News Australia, former editor-in-Chief of The Australian, editor of The Daily telegraph and three-time Walkley Award winner.

Judith Whelan – ABC Radio National, former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald  and The Good Weekend.

Lisa Davies – Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, former crime reporter and colleague of Les Kennedy.

Miranda Devine – veteran News Corp Australia journalist and columnist with The Daily Telegraph,  winner of Kennedy Award for 2014 Scoop of the Year.

Simon Dulhunty – Kennedy Foundation Chairman former editor of The Sun-Herald, Illawarra Mercury and The Border Mail.

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Max Uechtritz  – former director of news and current affairs at the ABC and the Nine network.

Melissa Hoyer – editor-at-large news.com.au, popular columnist, radio and television commentator.

Chris Willis – long-serving Director of Seven News, Sydney.

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Mike Dalton – a 35 year veteran of television news and News Director with the Nine Network Queensland

Andrew Clennell – NSW Political Editor of The Australian and a multiple Kennedy Award winner. He was also state political editor The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Helen Wellings – veteran consumer affairs journalist with the Seven Network and foundation judge with the Kennedy Awards.

Bill Woods – veteran newsreader, television, radio and sports journalist, columnist and author.

Tom Krause – veteran journalist with Newscorp and stalwart supervising producer of the Nine Network’s Sunday program.

Ben English – Editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin and former deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph.


Felicity Moffatt – Walkley award-winning journalist, formerly with Macquarie Radio and the Seven Network as a senior reporter, specialising in legal affairs. Foundation Kennedy Awards judge.

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Robert Kinny – 20 years as a reporter and presenter at 2UE. Foundation Kennedy Awards judge.

Brian Bigg – International television producer, movie producer, publisher, editor and journalist

Peter Mahoney veteran regional journalist, former deputy editor of The Daily Advertiser and News Editor at 2WG Wagga Wagga.

Jennifer Cooke – award-winning author and veteran journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, Medical Observer, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Conversation.

Ian Heads – 2015 winner of the Kennedy Award for Lifetime Achievement, author, former editor of Rugby League Week and veteran sport journalist.


Holly Byrnes – National Television Editor, News Corp Australia and a 20-year veteran of journalism.

Barry Norman – retired senior photographer with The Daily Telegraph.

Mags King – managing photo editor of The Sydney Morning Herald

Heather Faulkner is a 20-year veteran of photojournalism,  and a senior lecturer and Program Director of the Bachelor of Photography at QCA, Griffith University.


DAVID BAKER spent 30  working with newspapers and magazines in Melbourne, Canberra, London and Sydney before jumping the fence to  establish a PR consultancy specialising in the travel industry. 

Candy Sutton Kennedy Award-winning journalist with news.com.au, formerly of The Daily Mail, veteran reporter & columnist with Fairfax & News Corp Australia.

Chris O’Keefe Kennedy and Walkley award-winning National Nine News NSW Politics Editor, former Network TEN reporter.

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Mike Duffy – award-winning former senior investigative journalist at the Seven Network and The Sunday Mirror in London. He began his career on The Adelaide Advertiser.

Nichola Younger – senior producer at Nine News and former deputy national news editor of Sky News Australia.

Rocco Fazzari  Kennedy Award-winning artist formerly of The Sydney Morning Herald. Kennedy Foundation director.

Peter Ryan – Walkley award-winning ABC business journalist, former News Corp reporter with The Daily Mirror. Inaugural Kennedy Foundation Chairman.

Andy Taylor – 60 Minutes cameraman, multi ACS and Walkley award-winning cinematographer with the ABC and Nine Network in Sydney, London and Moscow.

Kellie Sloane – former Nine Network and ABC presenter and journalist, now CEO of Life Education Australia.


Ben Hanson – experienced news and programming cameraman, formerly of the Nine Network’s Sydney newsroom and London bureau. Director of Photography for Discovery Channel’s Myth Busters, The Bachelor and River Cottage.

Tim Burrowes – editorial director Mumbrella.

David Ritter – CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

Jonathan Marshall – Kennedy-award winning newspaper and magazine journalist – Television New Zealand, APN, Fairfax, News Corp and Bauer Media. 

Peter Kogoy – veteran sports journalist at The Australian and Fairfax.

Lindsay Day – experienced and respected network news and primetime program cameraman.

Steve Warnock – Kennedy Foundation General Manager, veteran Sydney journalist, formerly with The Daily Telegraph and Fairfax.