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7NEWS US Bureau recognised with Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN

7NEWS reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were tonight recognised with the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Television/Video: News Reporting category for their courageous broadcasting efforts after being assaulted by US riot police live on air while covering a Black Lives Matter protest just a stone’s throw from the White House.

Brace and Myers were broadcasting live to Seven’s Sunrise on June 1 this year when they were belted with an armoured shield and Brace whacked in the back with a truncheon as police violently cleared Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Despite their injuries, the pair went on to broadcast non-stop for some 12 hours across Sunrise, 7NEWS and The Latest.

Brace later addressed a US congressional committee about the incident as part of a broader investigation into the police response to peaceful protesters in D.C. that day to clear the way for the arrival of President Donald Trump for his now infamous photo opportunity outside St John’s Episcopal Church.

This story was never about us. It’s about the people who were peacefully and legally protesting. We’re grateful and humbled that our coverage drew attention to what happened that day. It was a confronting moment for America and certainly for us. We hope this serves as a reminder of the important role of the media and the need for us to do our jobs safely.

Tim and I appreciate the ongoing support of the team at Seven and the recognition of the Walkley Foundation. I, personally, appreciate Tim’s professionalism, camera work and, most of all, friendship through those days and weeks in Washington, and the many years in the US.

Amelia Brace, 7NEWS Reporter
Amelia Brace

You shouldn’t become the story by simply doing your job but in the chaos the world witnessed there are circumstances you have no control over. Amelia and Tim produced fearless and measured reporting across a frantic 24 hours. The award is a tribute to their courage and poise under extreme pressure.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs
Paul Walker

7NEWS receives two Kennedy Awards for excellence in journalism

By 7NEWS, SEVEN
7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker and US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany

7NEWS has been recognised with two awards for excellence in journalism at the ninth annual 2020 Kennedy Awards in Sydney on Friday night.

US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany, currently in Washington, D.C. covering the US Election, accepted the inaugural Tom Krause Award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondent for her exclusive feature report, Inside a COVID Warzone.

The confronting 24-hour ride along with New York paramedics as they responded to urgent call-outs during the height of the city’s COVID-19 crisis gave Australian audiences raw insight into what happens when the virus goes uncontrolled in a densely populated society, featuring emotional, unfiltered interviews with victims and their families.

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some remarkable things in America over the last four years, both good and bad. And things felt a little scary at times, particularly at the start of this year as this pandemic was playing out.

I want to extend my thanks to our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his continued support, his investment in quality journalism. It does feel like there has never been a more important time for the public to be able to turn to trusted news sources and have eyes and ears on the ground in places like America in what has been such a tumultuous year.

Ashlee Mullany, US Bureau Chief
(via an acceptance video from the White House)

7NEWS senior cameraman Paul Walker, nominated alongside colleagues Cam Wallis and Tim Myers for their camera work in the US, received the Gary Ticehurst Award for Outstanding TV News Camera Coverage for his footage of the 2019 Sydney CBD stabbing.

Walker instinctively picked up his camera and captured every chilling moment as the attack played out in front of him, with the accused Mert Nay eventually restrained by members of the public – the exclusive vision broadcast in real-time and beamed around the world.

Walker paid tribute to the courage of reporter Andrew Denney and those individuals who jumped in without hesitation to stop him.

I’m very proud to be part of the 7NEWS team and honoured to receive this award from my peers.

Paul Walker, 7NEWS senior cameraman

The Kennedy Awards are named after veteran police reporter Les Kennedy, who died in 2011 at the age of 53.

America Decides 2020

By 7NEWS

7NEWS is your definitive source for the United States Presidential Election.

7NEWS will deliver Australia’s most in-depth coverage of the US Presidential Election – which shapes as one of the closest and most divisive polls in American history – featuring up-to-the-minute polling results, informed commentary and analysis from an unrivalled team of journalists and political experts LIVE on air, on 7plus and across 7NEWS.com.au and social platforms.

Committed to bringing viewers the most comprehensive and dynamic election coverage, across the week 7NEWS will broadcast every dramatic moment and all the madness as the race to the White House unfolds, backed by the exclusive resources of global broadcast news affiliates CNN and NBC.

All-day special coverage begins Wednesday with a special extended edition of Sunrise LIVE from 5.30am AEDT, with Kochie and Sam LIVE to Natalie Barr in Washington, D.C.

Then join Michael Usherand Angela Cox, Seven’s former US Correspondent of seven yearswho covered two US elections, for all-day LIVE rolling coverage from 10am AEDT. They’ll cross to 7NEWS US Bureau Chief Ashlee Mullany from inside Donald Trump’s camp and US Correspondent Tim Lester on the campaign trail with Joe Biden, while US Correspondents Paul Kadak and David Woiwod will have on-the-spot analysis from key battleground states across the US.

Joining the team throughout the day to provide insight and analysis are Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and one of Australia’s leading experts on US politics, foreign policy, public opinion and polling, and Damien Cave, the New York Times’ award-winning Australian correspondent.

Full details plus the day’s other headlines in your local 7NEWS at 6.00. Then tune in for a special edition of The Latest with Michael Usher LIVE from 10.30pm AEDT.

The high stakes, the madness – don’t miss a moment as the Greatest Showdown on Earth unfolds. Join 7NEWS for all-day coverage of the US Election starting with Sunrise LIVE from 5.30am (AEDT) Wednesday on Seven and 7plus

Stay up to date with the latest on the United States Presidential Election race at 7NEWS.com.au

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