Stan Grant wins Walkley award for Guardian columns on Indigenous affairs
The television broadcaster and writer was singled out for praise by the judges for his ‘game-changing’ column about the AFL star Adam Goodes.
Guardian Australia columnist Stan Grant has won the 2015 Walkley award for coverage of Indigenous affairs.
The television broadcaster and writer won the award at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday night for a collection of three opinion pieces about indigenous Australia.
It was Grant’s deeply personal commentary on AFL star Adam Goodes which was singled out for praise.
Grant’s column saying that “I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it”, hit a nerve with the Australian public and was one of Guardian Australia’s most popular articles.
“But this is how Australia makes us feel,” Grant wrote in July of the racism directed at Goodes on the football field.
“Estranged in the land of our ancestors, marooned by the tides of history on the fringes of one of the richest and demonstrably most peaceful, secure and cohesive nations on earth.”
Grant, the international editor at Sky News and anchor of Reporting Live with Stan Grant, beat out strong competition from Buzzfeed’s young indigenous reporter Allan Clarke and The Australian’s Michael McKenna and Paige Taylor.
“With his commentary, Grant cut through the noise to drive and deepen the national conversation on the issues of his people,” the judges said. “The piece on Adam Goodes, in particular, communicated the experience of growing up Indigenous in Australia in a way that felt game-changing.”
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