Chris Mitchell, Alan Kohler and Magda Szubanski among those honoured on Australia Day

Former editor of News Corp’s The Australian Chris Mitchell is among those recognised this Australia Day, alongside media stalwart and commentator Alan Kohler, and actress and activist Magda Szubanski.

Mitchell became editor of the paper in 1992, and was also its editor-in-chief between 2002 and 2015. Today, he made the Australia Day Honours List for “distinguished service to the print media through senior editorial roles, as a journalist, and to Indigenous education programs”.

Szubanski has been recognised and is now an AO

Mitchell became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), the same honour bestowed on Szubanski for “distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, comedian and writer, and as a campaigner for marriage equality”.

Kohler – who began (professional) life as a cadet at The Australian, became editor of then-Fairfax’s The Age, and went on to establish and lead Business Spectator (now owned by News Corp) – became a member in the general division (AM).

He was recognised for his “significant service to the print and broadcast media as an editor, journalist and finance commentator”.

Other media personalities in this division include sports presenter Dennis Cometti, radio presenter Jonathan Faine, investigative journalist Adele Ferguson, journalist and producer Anita Jacoby, presenter and advocate Julie McCrossin, and radio presenter Alexandra Sloan.


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