- Year completed 2010
- Current position News Corp national political editor
- Degree(s) Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
- Major(s) Journalism
- Minor(s) International relations
Monash University graduate and News Corp national political editor (Sunday editions) Annika Smethurst previously won the 2017 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year, presented before the Press Gallery and many leading politicians, including previous Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Annika received a succession of accolades during her three years in Canberra, including a Walkley for the Choppergate affair. Within three years in the Canberra Press Gallery, Smethurst became a national political editor who is renowned for breaking key scoops. Her forensic approach to investigative political reporting has seen key political players being held accountable for their actions.
“Annika’s revelations about then Health Minister Sussan Ley’s Gold Coast travel demonstrated quality tabloid journalism at its best and most effective: a big scoop, followed by relentless and detailed follow-up reporting in the face of institutional resistance,” the judges of the Award wrote.
“Her dogged pursuit of the story resulted in a Cabinet minister resigning and the Prime Minister ordering a sweeping overhaul of the parliamentary entitlements system.
“Annika is a worthy winner of the Press Gallery’s highest accolade.”