Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson is a multi-award winning senior business writer and columnist for Fairfax newspapers The AgeThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. She is the author of the best-selling unauthorised biography Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Woman in the World.  Adele has worked at The Australian and BRW, leading many major investigations into the corporate sector. She was named the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year for 2015 and  won the Gold Walkley in 2014 and Melbourne Press Club’s Gold Quill for journalistic excellence in both 2014 and 2015. She was elected President of the board in November 2017.



Mark Baker

Mark Baker is a former Senior Editor of The Age, editor of The Canberra Times and Managing Editor (National) of Fairfax Media. During 13 years as a foreign correspondent for Fairfax, News Corporation and The Financial Times he had postings in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. He covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded while reporting the civil war on Bougainville in the early 1990s. He has also served as Political Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief of The Age. A former president and life member of the Melbourne Press Club, he became the Club’s inaugural chief executive officer in February 2014.



Michael Rowland

Michael Rowland is the co-presenter of ABC News Breakfast on ABC1 and ABCNews24. He has been on the Melbourne Press Club board since July 2012 and was President from 2014 to 2017. Michael is a former ABC Washington correspondent, covering stories ranging from the 2008 presidential election to the eruption of the global financial crisis. He has also reported from Indonesia, Cuba and India. Michael spent five years covering federal politics and was the ABC’s Victorian political correspondent during the Kennett and Bracks years. He also has extensive experience covering business and economics.



Eileen Berry

Eileen Berry started in journalism at Leader newspapers in 1984. Five years later she joined The Age, assigned to the lifestyle features desk (day shift), fondly referred to as “cosy corner” (by the night shift). From 1989-2007, Eileen moved between the floors at The Age learning the ropes: editorial to administration (loos + car parking) to classifieds (introduction of colour) and new technology (microwaving images to the new computer-to-plate press site at Tullamarine). Post The Age, Eileen has worked in Queensland (APN), New Zealand (FXJ) and South Melbourne (Metro Media Publishing) as the founding editor of The Weekly Review. Eileen left MMP in October 2014. Her Eileen Berry Trust produces not-for-profit education publications for parents of teenagers.



David Poulton

David Poulton is a partner with Minter Ellison Lawyers and has been working in the media law field for over 25 years, advising a variety of media organisations on all areas of media law.  Minter Ellison has one of the longest-established media law practices in the country.  David has been a long standing member of the Melbourne Press Club Board and Club Treasurer since 2003.




Richard Leder

Richard is a partner of the national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.  He is the Melbourne office Litigation Practice Group Leader and has practiced as a media lawyer for over 25 years. He is the principal legal advisor to Channel Seven Melbourne.  Other media law clients include The Conversation Media Group, The Big Issue and the Elliott Newspaper Group. He was named 2014 Melbourne entertainment lawyer of the year in the AFR Best Lawyers Peer Review. He also serves on the boards of community and charitable bodies, including the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Australian Friends of Asha for Slums and the Law Council of Australia Media & Communications Committee.




Board members

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David Broadbent

David Broadbent runs his own Media and Government Relations consultancy and joined the Board in 2013.He is a former newspaper and television journalist with more than 35 years experience covering Federal and State Politics. He was also Director of News for Channel Seven Melbourne and Sydney, and has worked in Canberra, Bangkok, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2007 he joined the Victorian Public Service, leading the Communications Divisions in Arts Victoria, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Department of Business and Innovation.


Rob Curtain

Rob Curtain is a media and communications consultant. He is former National News Director for the Fairfax Radio Network, and was a radio journalist for more than 35 years. He was News Director for 3AW-Magic 1278 from 1996-2012, prior to which he was News Director and news commentator at Radio 3MP. Rob has worked in commercial radio news and programs in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. He has also worked in corporate affairs and communications with General Motors-Holden’s, and was Communications Manager for V/Line. Rob has lectured in journalism at Deakin and Monash Universities, and has a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT University.


Nicole Denton

Nicole Denton is the Director of Public Affairs at VicRoads.  She is former Program Director for top rating news-talk radio station 3AW with more than a decade of experience in producing news and entertainment content for radio and social media.  She received an ACRA for her work as Executive Producer for national broadcasts of the final Anzac Day ceremony in Tarin Kowt prior to the removal of Australian troops.  In 2013 Nicole was awarded the inaugural Fairfax Media Women of Influence - Young Leader award.


Rachael Dexter

Rachael is an award-winning journalist and a podcast/video producer with The Age.  She previously worked as a radio producer for ABC Radio Melbourne. Rachael is convenor of The Edit, the MPC forum that provides training, networking and support for young journalists. She is a passionate advocate for young people in the media industry having been a long-time board member at SYN (Student Youth Network) - the radio station that gave her a leg up into journalism -  where she is currently serving as president. 


Jude Donnelly

Jude Donnelly is Head of Government and Stakeholder Relations at the Australian Football League. She has a background as a senior policy adviser and media adviser to federal government and was also General Manager of Media and Communications at the Richmond Football Club for 3 years.


Bob Kearsley

Bob Kearsley has been in journalism for more than half a century, most of it in television. After learning the ropes at GTV9 in the early sixties, he spent 17 years with the BBC in London and Asia and 4 as Editor in Chief of the television news agency Visnews. He returned to Australia in the mid-eighties to head up ABC TV News and Current Affairs, and settled back in Melbourne at Channel 7 during Christopher Skase's tenure as owner. In 1990 he moved back to GTV9, eventually retiring in 2007 after several years as Executive Producer, News. Since then he has freelanced as a writer/producer

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Jonathan Kearsley

Jonathan Kearsley is a producer with Nine News. Working as a journalist was his childhood dream. He began in Melbourne media as a 19 year old with the Nine Network before spending time overseas with BBC radio and TV as well as commercial radio. He came home as a reporter for WIN News based in Albury before returning to Nine in 2011. With an interest in politics, he's covered state and national elections here and in the UK and has a passion for sport. He joined the Press Club Committee in July 2014.


Heather Loomes

Heather Loomes has been Executive Producer at Network Ten News Melbourne since August 2018. A journalist with more than three decades experience in television news and current affairs, she began as a reporter at GMV-6 Shepparton in 1981. She later moved to Adelaide reporting and producing for State Affair at the Seven Network before becoming bureau chief for the Hinch program. In 1989, Heather transferred to Hinch in Melbourne before going on to become Senior Line-up Producer for Seven News. After 13 years at Seven, Heather joined Network Ten in 2001, working in Melbourne and Brisbane as Senior News Producer, National Environment Producer and Supervising Producer at the London Olympics. She has also has freelanced as a producer/reporter for The Project.


Ashlynne McGhee 

Ashlynne McGhee is an award-winning journalist covering federal politics in Canberra. Her reporting features across television, radio and online news and current affairs. Ashlynne was named the Young Journalist of the Year at the 2013 Quill Awards, a finalist in the 2014 Young Walkleys and the 2015 Holly Whisenhunt Stephen Fellow by the US based Investigative Reporters and Editors. Ashlynne is the founder of The Edit, a forum that provides training, networking and support for young journalists.


Heidi Murphy

Heidi Murphy is executive producer of Neil Mitchell’s top-rating morning radio program on 3AW and a part-time Channel Nine reporter.  She is a former news presenter, editor and award-winning journalist at 3AW, where she spent eight years covering Victorian state politics.  In her spare time, Heidi is a mother of two young children. 


Patrick O'Beirne

Six O'Clock Advisory. Pat was formerly Managing Director of Haystac, where he oversaw a team of 60 public relations specialists in Australia and New Zealand servicing some of Australia’s leading brands and organisations. Prior to joining Haystac, he held various corporate affairs and marketing communications positions with Telstra. Pat cut his teeth as a communicator in cricket, spending five years managing international media’s interest in the Australian team as well as building the corporate communications division within Cricket Australia. Pat’s been a long-term member and loyal sponsor of the Press Club.


Mike Osborne

Mike Osborne was appointed editor of AAP in 2008 after nearly 25 years with the news agency working as a reporter and sub-editor in news, sport and finance. He was a correspondent in Europe and China, then finance editor, news editor and head of sport. He completed an Arts Degree at Queensland University, where he wrote for the student magazine Semper. Following a cadetship at the Suburban Express group in Brisbane in the early 80s, Mike moved to Sydney to join AAP in 1984. After a posting to Canberra he joined the sports desk. He has covered six Olympics and six Commonwealth Games, leading the AAP team at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics and at the Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne Commonwealth Games.


Simon Pristel

Simon Pristel has been News Director of Seven Melbourne since July 2012. Before joining Seven he was editor of the Herald Sun for four years, overseeing the newspaper and website and winning News Ltd’s Newspaper of the Year Award for the paper’s Black Saturday bushfire coverage. Prior to that he was editor of the Sunday Herald Sun for three years, winning the PANPA Sunday Newspaper of the Year. Simon has also worked as a crime reporter at the Boston Herald, sub-editor at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and political correspondent in the Herald Sun Canberra Bureau. He was the paper's Sydney correspondent and reported for all News Ltd publications from East Timor and Jakarta when Australian troops entered Dili in 1999.

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Justin Quill

Justin is one of Australia's most experienced media law practitioners. Justin was a Partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and has practised in media law and general commercial litigation for more than 10 years. Justin has been the principal person responsible for providing legal services to The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd for many years. In addition, Justin has provided legal services to Channels Nine and Seven, Radio 3AW, Nationwide News, Leader Community Newspapers, the Geelong Advertiser, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and a number of smaller or rural media clients. Justin is Deputy Chair of the Media and Communications Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Tom Salom

Tom Salom

Tom Salom is Editorial Business Manager at News Corp, providing a strategic and commercial link between editorial management an other parts of the News Corp business in Victoria. He has worked in the news media for over 25 years beginning at the Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper on the WA Goldfields.  Following journalism roles in Perth, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, Tom was appointed to a management position with the Herald Sun. He also manages News Corp's national sporting sporting partnerships with organisations such as the AFL, Tennis Australia, Cricket Australia and V8 SuperCars.


Veronica Scott

Veronica is a lawyer specialising in media and privacy. After qualifying in England where she worked in London law firm Mishcon de Reya for five years, Veronica moved to Melbourne in 2000 and joined law firm Minter Ellison from Allens in 2003. Veronica has represented a wide range of media companies across all mediums, including Fairfax Media, the ABC and Bloomberg as well as authors, insurers, government and high profile individuals. Her work covers defamation, FOI laws, court reporting, privacy and data protection, breach of confidence, pre-publication advice and reputation management. Veronica also serves on the Media and Communications Committee of the Law Council of Australia and is a Board director of privacy professional association iappANZ.


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