Wilson was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football full-time and became a role model for female journalists around the country. She began covering football in 1982 and became The Age‘s Chief Football Writer in 1999. Wilson’s focus on the business and politics of the football industry brought new transparency to the administration of the sport and often provoked severe criticism and sometimes vicious personal attacks. In 2010 she was presented with the Australian Sports Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 she won two Walkley Awards, and in March 2014 she was awarded Australia’s most coveted journalism prize, the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award.
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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner