The Kennedy Foundation




The Kennedy Foundation has a proud history of promoting media diversity.

Since 2012 more than 70 Kennedy Award winners have represented the multicultural mix of modern Australia.

From our participants to judges – the Kennedy Foundation is always striving for the type of inclusion and camaraderie for which Les Kennedy was so well known and admired.


The Foundation’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the five Kennedy Awards named after journalists who became legendary figures on the Australian media landscape. Their memories and contributions are celebrated every year in the categories of Sport (Peter Frilingos) Indigenous Affairs (John Newfong) Outstanding Columnist (Peter Ruehl) Les Kennedy (Outstanding Crime Reporting) and Outstanding Foreign Correspondent (Tom Krause).


Women in Australian media have been voted as Kennedy Prize winners for Journalist of the Year in seven out of the nine presentations since 2012.

At the 2020 awards gala the Kennedys celebrated women who have participated as recipients, judges and presenters as Eleni Rose honoured the memory of the late Helen Reddy.

Ellebana Tyson – inaugural recipient of the Les Kennedy Scholarship for Indigenous Journalism Students

Les Kennedy Scholarship for Indigenous Journalism Students

Jana Wendt wins the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

The daughter of Czech parents who migrated to Australia in 1949 the legendary trailblazer Jana Wendt was awarded the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement at the 2018 gala ceremony.


Chairman Carl Dumbrell –  A partner in a Sydney accounting firm with 20 years’ experience in taxation and assurance services in Australia and England, and with an on-going involvement in the raising of finance and the divestment of assets for listed companies.
Carl has Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Taxation Law degrees and is a Chartered Accountant in both Australia and in England & Wales, as well as being a Chartered Tax Advisor, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor, and Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.


Director Kate Allman, formerly associate editor Law Society Journal, Civil Liberties Journalism Award winner and is now freelancing full-time.


Director Taylor Auerbach, a senior producer with Channel 7’s Spotlight documentary program and previously was a reporter/producer in the Seven newsroom. 2015 winner of the Kennedy Awards Young Journalist of the Year.


Director Susie Elelman AM, Author, TV presenter, radio broadcaster, reporter and producer are just some of the many hats she has worn throughout an impressive media career spanning over four decades.
Director Natalie O Brien, multi-award-winning journalist who has worked around Australia covering some of the country’s biggest stories from government coverups to sex trafficking, immigration, the environment, police, courts and crime.




                                                                                     General Manager, Anna Magnus


Correspondence can also be sent to:

The Kennedy Foundation PO Box 5360 Sydney 2001

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