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Andrew’s ‘consistently outstanding investigative work’ is rewarded

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ABOVE: NICK BUTTERLY (CENTRE) AND ANDREW PROBYN (‘88, RIGHT) WITH WESTPAC GROUP CEO BRIAN HARTZER (SPONSOR OF THE $5,000 JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR PRIZE).

Congratulations to Andrew Probyn (’88) who has won the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery Journalist of the Year Award, Australia’s top political journalism award. Andrew and his colleague, Nick Butterly received the award at the Press Gallery Midwinter Ball in June, for a series of reports written for The West Australian newspaper.

Andrew’s and Nick’s stories and commentary focused on the secrecy of asylum seeker boat arrivals under the Abbott Government’s Operation Sovereign Borders. Drawing on classified information, their exclusive stories were twice the subject of Australian Federal Police investigations in 2014.

The judges praised Andrew and Nick as worthy winners from a field of excellent submissions by senior and respected Gallery journalists.

‘In the judges’ view, Probyn and Butterly produced consistently outstanding investigative work, shining a light in areas where it is difficult to glean information,’ the award citation said.

After leaving Scotch, Andrew studied at Monash University where he completed Law/Arts. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and has been the Canberra-based political editor for The West Australian since 2005.

Andrew has also worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – he is a regular panellist on ABC Television’s Insiders programme – and the Herald Sun newspaper.

Other awards which have come Andrew’s way include the Melbourne Press Club’s Gold Quill award in 2001 for his exclusive stories on the Peter Reith Telecard affair, and two Matt Price Awards for best columnist in the WA media.

Andrew lives in Canberra with his wife Felicity and three children, Jonty, Clancy and Maggie. Jonty and Clancy are booked to attend Scotch.

Updated: 3 October 2016