Sam Cucchiara of Nine News is the 2019 Young Journalist of the Year.
Sam Cucchiara's coverage of the Mallacoota fires showed maturity under pressure, bringing real people stories, big picture-little picture. Great story telling, natural, taking the viewer on a journey and behind the scenes. Engaging live crosses, breaking coverage and great use of pictures.
The winning entry
A portfolio of work including coverage of bushfires and the capture of Jonathan Dick.
Mimi Becker, Nine Network A Current Affair
Chantelle Francis, The Weekly Times
Tamara McDonald, Geelong Advertiser