Wallace Brown Award

This prestigious Award honours the contribution to journalism of former veteran press gallery journalist Wallace Brown. The aim is to give recognition to young journalists who, in their first years of working in the Press Gallery, excel in fair reporting.

The winning journalist will receive a $1000 cheque and a specially commissioned handcrafted work of art by international glass artist Kirstie Rea. The winner’s name will be inscribed on an honour board permanently displayed at the National Press Club.

Wallace BrownWallace Brown OAM, BA DipJ, one of the longest serving and most respected members of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery 1961-1995, was noted for his even-handed reporting of political affairs and his encouragement of young journalists.

After working in Brisbane, London and New York for the Herald and Weekly Times he went to Canberra as the head of bureau for Brisbane’s The Courier Mail.

During his time in Canberra he covered 17 general elections, 38 annual Budgets, 10 Prime Ministers, 8 Governors-General and 11 Opposition Leaders.

He was a foundation member and president of the National Press Club, vice-president of the Press Gallery, and a member of the Old Parliament House Redevelopment Committee. In 1995, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to journalism.

In 2002 he wrote Ten Prime Ministers, Life among the politicians (Longueville Press); in 2006 he completed At random: Anecdotes of a lucky life.

The Wallace Brown Award for the best and fairest early career parliamentary journalist is the only journalism prize which recognises the contribution made by younger members of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

The Award is made possible by The Courier Mail, Wallace Brown’s family, and the National Press Club of Australia.

Extended to Friday 26 May 2017



2008 Patricia Karvelas The Australian
2009 Daniel Street Nine Network
2010 Jessica Wright The Canberra Times
2011 Ashleigh Gillon Sky News
2012 Anna Caldwell Courier Mail
2013 Joe Kelly The Australian
2014 Jonathan Swan Fairfax Media
2015 Matthew Knott Fairfax Media
2016 Annika Smethurst Herald Sun