Grads in Walkley win


July 2, 2012

Curtin Journalism graduates Jake Sturmer and Anthony DeCeglie have won two of the most prestigious awards available for young reporters.

At a ceremony in Sydney, Mr Sturmer (pictured) was named 2012 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year.

He also won the television category for his investigation into systemic sexual abuse at the government-run Katanning Hostel.

Mr DeCeglie won the print category for his story Karl in Fire Fallout – that detailed how Western Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan was watching the cricket as the Perth Hills burned.

Both journalists graduated from Curtin University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism).

During his studies, Mr Sturmer volunteered as a newsreader with Curtin FM.

Aside from taking out Australia’s most prestigious award for a young reporter, Mr Sturmer has won a three-week trip to BBC newsrooms in London and CNN in Atlanta.

Both graduates join a long list of Curtin staff and alumni who have been recognised by the Walkley Foundation, including Curtin journalism lecturer Bonita Mason (Walkley Award in the Best Magazine Feature, 1997).

Image courtesy Jake Sturmer.

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