The ABC has dominated the 2022 Walkley Awards, picking up gongs in eleven of 26 eligible categories, including the Gold Walkley for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and Press Photographer of the Year.

Four Corners team Anne Connolly, Ali Russell and Stephanie Zillman won the Gold Walkley, Australian journalism’s highest honour and the Award for best Public Service Journalism for their investigation “State Control”. 

Judges described it as “enlightening and determined reporting, giving power to voiceless people and allowing them to tell a story of complete powerlessness. Prompting debate about law reform in various states, it has the potential to effect large-scale public policy reform”.

Long-time Four Corners executive producer, Sally Neighbour’s impact was recognised with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. During Neighbour’s stewardship Four Corners won eighteen Walkleys, including two Gold. Stories she commissioned led to Royal Commissions into youth justice, banking, aged care and Murray-Darling water theft

Brendan Esposito was named Press Photographer of the Year for a powerful body of work spanning Ukraine and Australia for the ABC.

Other award winners included:

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