A hugely deserved Walkley for Gary Hughes

For me, easily the best moment of The Walkeys last night was when the family of Gary Hughes was presented with a set of Walkley Awards to replace the three that were lost when their home burned in the bushfire.  

I was even more delighted when he then won the Gold Walkley.

There’ve probably been less than ten times in my life when I’ve read a piece of newspaper writing and felt my blood running cold. As I said at the time, it was an obvious Walkley winner.

If you didn’t see it then, you really should read his amazing story of surviving the bushfire. It’s a piece of journalism that will stay with you for a long time.

I understand that Hughes’ bosses at News Ltd were behind the gesture to repalce his lost awards.

Tim Burrowes


  1. Jason Whittaker
    27 Nov 09
    2:56 pm

  2. Agreed.

    But am I the only one who’s been a tad uncomfortable with Hughes’ reporting since? I just reckon it’s been a mistake to have him reporting on the inquiry, blame game stuff, etc. He’s understandably and rightly biased and his reports have been particularly damning. Too close to the story, I would have thought…