2021 Perkin Award finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 46th Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year. The award honours the memory of celebrated Age editor Graham Perkin. It carries a $10,000 cash prize.

The 2021 judging panel include The Australian's Helen TrincaABC News' Michael Rowland, and The Age's Michelle Griffin.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Quills Awards Dinner on Friday 18 March 2022. Tickets can be booked here.



The 2021 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year finalists are presented alphabetically by surname below. Please note that some work submitted with entries – including print materials – may not be included.


Samantha Maiden,, for coverage of abuse in Parliament House

'Young staffer Brittany Higgins says she was raped at Parliament House',, 15 February 2021
'Parliament office "steam cleaned" after alleged attack',, 15 February 2021
'Minister Michaelia Cash’s voicemail message to Brittany Higgins',, 17 February 2021
'Why Peter Dutton's office was tipped off when Brittany Higgins tried to speak to police after she quit her job at Parliament House',, 24 February 2021
'Female Labor staffers warn male MPs they will ‘no longer keep their secrets"',, 15 March 2021


Gerard Ryle, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, for originating and leading the Panama Papers story

'Pandora papers', ICIJ, 2021
'Pandora Papers caps off 2021 with consequences felt around the globe', ICIJ, 21 December 2021
'FinCEN Files investigation named Pulitzer Prize finalist', ICIJ, 11 June 2021
'ICIJ nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for combating dark money flows', ICIJ, 1 February 2021


Sally Sara, ABC News, for coverage of the Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan

'Taliban interview', RN Breakfast, 16 July 2021
'Chris Barrie interview', The World Today, 16 August 2021
'Zak Lara interview', The World Today,17 August 21
'Afghan contractor', The World Today, 18 August 2021 
'Hasina Safi interview', The World Today,  31 August 2021


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