2021 Quills: The Gold Quill

Michael Warner of the Herald Sun has won the 2021 Gold Quill.

Judges' citation

In an exceptional field of category winners, Michael Warner's genuine scoop set in train a series of events that rocked Australia's biggest sporting club and its high profile president to the core. The revelation of the secret four month old Do Better Report also forced the AFL to reassess its efforts to combat racism in the sport. This story ticked every judging criteria; and its immediate and long term impact on the Victorian sporting and cultural landscape cannot be underestimated.

The winning entry

'Magpies racism shame,' Herald Sun, 1 February 2021

'Eddie quits', Herald Sun, 10 February 2021

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