Since November 30, 1971.

Life member receives Queen's birthday honour


It’s not often lately that we get to announce good news, but it is with pleasure that the Melbourne Press Club congratulates MPC life member Michael Alan Smith on being awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).

Smith has been awarded an OAM in the general division of the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List for services to journalism and the public relations sector.

Smith had a long and distinguished career in journalism, serving as editor of The Age from 1989 to 1992. He was an active Melbourne Press Club board member and received a life membership with the club.

Smith understands that his nomination also relates to time spent helping charities and not-for profits by fundraising, lifting their profile, chairing and sitting on boards, among them Rotary, the Ardoch Youth Foundation, the Abbotsford Convent, Epworth Heartsmart and the Melbourne Press Club.

"At this stage of my career, nothing gives me greater pleasure than witnessing the growth and success of young reporters I had the pleasure of working with. And I will be forever grateful for what I learnt from the five great editors I served under before I got my chance", he said.

"It was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise."

From all of us at the Melbourne Press Club, we know it is well deserved and we are grateful for all that Smith has contributed to the media sector.

Cathy Bryson
CEO, Melbourne Press Club

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