ABC sports journalists Kate O’Halloran (pictured) and Russell Jackson have been honoured for their reporting at the 2021 Australia Football Media Association Awards, which celebrate the best media people covering the AFL.
ABC Sport commentator and Offsiders presenter Kelli Underwood was also inducted as a life member of the AFMA.
O’Halloran was named best AFLW reporter overall across print, digital, radio, TV with the judges praising her “just brilliant journalism. Plenty of depth in the story-telling, but it was the emotion captured that set Kate’s work apart.”
Jackson won best print/online feature reporting by an individual for his feature on former St Kilda player Rod “Rocket” Owen, recounting the football star’s decades long struggle with addiction.
The ABC’s Ben Cameron also received a commendable mention in the Clinton Grybas Emerging Talent Award, which recognises the best emerging talent in football media.