Carlyon is universally admired as a superlative descriptive writer. He has been a reporter, editor, historian, educator and mentor. But above all he is a gifted storyteller, combining elegant prose with a laconic irreverence and biting analysis. He was briefly editor of The Age and editor -in-chief of The Herald. He shone as a turf writer and war historian. He quietly mentored a generation of Victoria’s best journalists, won two Walkleys and is the only journalist to receive Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Walkley Foundation and the Melbourne Press Club. In 2014, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.
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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner