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Paul Lyneham Award
Paul Lyneham was one of the finest journalists of his generation, with a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent and as a Canberra-based political analyst in radio, television and newspapers.
Born in Melbourne, he was a cadet journalist on The Australian and The Canberra Times. He joined the ABC in 1969 and spent the first half of the 1970s based in London. His coverage included Northern Ireland, the Ethiopian Famine and the Paris Peace Talks that formally ended the Vietnam War.
Then followed five years with Four Corners, making documentaries; in 1979 his report on the Utah Coal Company in Queensland was awarded a Logie.
In the early 1980s he returned to London to cover the Falklands War for the Seven Network; and later commuted between Canberra and the Philippines reporting on the plight of an Australian Catholic priest, Father Brian Gore, who had been wrongfully accused of murder. In Canberra he covered federal politics for the ABC’s 7.30 Report and then the Nine Network for almost sixteen years.
The Paul Lyneham Award For Excellence in Journalism for members of the Press Gallery has been set up as a memorial to Paul who died of cancer in November 2000. Its aim is to honour excellence in journalism with a $5000 annual prize. A perpetual trophy, designed by cartoonist Bruce Petty and inscribed with the name of each year’s winner, will be permanently displayed at the National Press Club.
PAUL LYNEHAM AW FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS GALLERY.
2002 MATT PRICE THE AUSTRALIAN
2003 TONY WALKER AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
2004 LAURA TINGLE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
2005 PAUL DALEY THE BULLETIN
2006 MARK RILEY SEVEN NETWORK
2007 LENORE TAYLOR AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
2008 KATHARINE MURPHY THE AGE
2009 LYNDAL CURTIS ABC RADIO
2010 NICOLA BERKOVIC THE AUSTRALIAN
2011 MATT MORAN NETWORK TEN
2012 PHILLIP COOREY SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Special commendations to Mark Simkin & Chris Uhlmann of ABC TV and Katherine Murphy, Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen, The Pulse.