The Kennedy Foundation is proud of its judging system, inviting judges across all categories to rate their three top entries using a points system.

This exhaustive process doesn’t enable any margin for subjectivity, correspondence or collusion. The judges in every category act independently. Their adjudications are thoroughly respected by the Kennedy Foundation board after the points are tallied to determine the winners and placings.

The Kennedy Awards is also very proud of the role we have played in elevating the profiles of young journalists by making entry affordable – and permitted on their own initiative in seeking recognition from our highly respected judges.  They include leading media executives, editors, news directors and a distinguished cohort of revered and decorated industry veterans.

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.

Ben English – Editor of the The Daily Telegraph and 30 year veteran of News Corp Australia mastheads.

Chris Dore – Editor-in-Chief of The Australian, former editor The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph

Judith Whelan – ABC radio executive, former editor The Sydney Morning Herald

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

Lillian Saleh – National Editor of New Corp Australia’s National News Network. With 25 years’ experience in journalism, Lillian began her career as a copy girl on The Daily Telegraph before rising through the ranks to become Chief of Staff and Head of News.

Ross Dagan –  Director of news content Network 10,  formerly director of news at 7 Brisbane and  Queensland,  executive producer  at Aljazeera English and head of news & current affairs at TVNZ.

Helen Kapalos – veteran journalist and presenter with the 7, 9 and 10 Networks

Eric Johnston – Business Editor of The Australian in July 2014, formerly   business editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and correspondent with the Australian Financial Review and The Wall Street Journal.
Linda Silmalis – senior journalist with News Corp and NSW Politics Editor for The Sunday Telegraph

Mathew Dunckley – Digital editor of The Age, former Business Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald with almost 20 years experience as a journalist and editor.

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 – Executive News Editor of  Sky News Australia, 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

Geoff Elliott –  a Walkley Award-winning former business editor, media editor and Washington correspondent at The Australian newspaper.

Catalina Florez – senior journalist and presenter with SBS, formerly of Network 10

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.

Steve Marshall is an international award winning journalist and former foreign correspondent with a Masters Degree in Journalism currently reporting for the Nine Network’s A Current Affair.

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

Caitlin Chang is editor of SBS Voices, SBS’s online platform committed to championing the voices of diverse Australia.

NINA FUNNELL – Kennedy and Walkley award winning freelance journalist, Journalist of the Year at the 2019 B&T Women in Media awards, voted one of the 100 most influential Australian women by the Australian Financial Review

Jim Wilson – 2GB Afternoons presenter, veteran sports journalist and presenter with the Seven Network

The late Tom Krause was a senior Kennedy Awards judge since the inception of the awards in 2011, and is now remembered for his titanic contribution to Australian journalism in the Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent. The integrity he brought to the Kennedy Awards judging process is but one of his many legacies.

Julia Sheppard – veteran of the The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and the TEN Network

Connie Levett Editor of Newsworthy (UNSW) former foreign editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, South-east Asia correspondent and editor of theSMH Tablet App.

Shona Martyn  – the Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum section. A previous editor of Good Weekend, she has also worked in book publishing as a Publishing Director at HarperCollins and Random House.

Tom Godfrey – formerly head of media for The Australian Consumer Association’s Choice Magazine

Sophie Foster – journalist with news.com.au

Fanou Filali – deputy editor ABC Investigations

Anabel Dean – veteran of The Sun and The Mirror in London, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and leading travel publications.

Ryan Phelan – veteran sports journalist and presenter with TEN, Fox Sports, Sky Racing and the 7 Network


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.

David Richardson – veteran nightly TV Current Affairs journalist and 2018 Cliff Neville Award winner of Outstanding Team Player.

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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.

Charles Wood – veteran TV news producer, founding Executive Producer of 7’s Sunrise, media lecturer, currently advising Queensland Government and Southern Cross University.

Jane Bennett – conservation biologist, writer,  pioneer contributor to Lonely Planet’s Watching Wildlife Australia and author.

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.

Rudi Maxwell – Editor of the Koori Mail, long -standing judge of the John Newfong Award for Outstanding Coverage of Indigenous Affairs Reporting


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

Daniel Adams – deputy photographic editor The Sydney Morning Herald

Glyn May – veteran journalist, formerly of the Brisbane Telegraph, the Sydney Sun and Melbourne Herald Canberra press gallery.

David Baker 30-year veteran of newspapers and magazines in Melbourne, Canberra, London and Sydney before setting-up a PR consultancy specialising in travel.

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.

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 Foundation Chairman, Kennedy Award-winning artist formerly of The Sydney Morning Herald.

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.

David Telfer  –  ABC cinematographer from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s, veteran of  two trips to Vietnam covering the war for This Day Tonight and President of the War Correspondents Association (Sydney).

Paul Bousfield – inaugural winner of the Gary Ticehurst Award at the 2012 Kennedy Awards, veteran cameraman for Network TEN, Nine News Australia, A Current Affair and Fox Sports

Andrew Psarianos – veteran news cameraman, formerly of Seven News Sydney, now based in Singapore.

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

David Ritter – CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

Jonathan Marshall – Kennedy-award winner who has worked for News Corp, TVNZ, APN, Fairfax and Bauer Media. Currently communications adviser for internet safety body Netsafe.

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

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

Steve Warnock – Veteran Sydney journalist, formerly with The Daily Telegraph and Fairfax.

Peter Furst – former Network TEN, Seven and Fox Sports journalist and producer of travel documentary series Journeys that Changed the World.


Barclay Crawford – was instrumental in the launch of Daily Mail Australia as News Editor in 2014, taking over as Editor in November 2017.

David Jones – veteran journalist, former NSW Political Reporter with Channel 7