Joanne McCarthy

Joanne McCarthy is an award-winning Newcastle Herald journalist who has written extensively about institutional child sexual abuse, particularly in the Catholic Church in the Hunter region of NSW, for nearly 14 years. She was named the Graham Perkin Award Australian Journalist of the Year in 2012 and was awarded the Gold Walkley in 2013 for her work in the campaign for a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In 2017, Joanne was awarded the inaugural Walkley for public service journalism for her investigations into the pelvic mesh device scandal in Australia and overseas.