Annika Smethurst

Annika Smethurst is the state political editor at The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She is a double Walkley award winner and has two Melbourne Quill awards for political reporting. In 2019 Annika became the accidental poster woman for press freedom when her house was raided by the AFP over a story she wrote revealing a Government plan to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australians. She is the former national political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and a regular on ABC's Insiders program and Sky News.