Adele Ferguson wins 22nd Quill Award, one of eight wins for The Age

Adele Ferguson adds to her long list of awards.

Adele Ferguson adds to her long list of awards. Credit:Simon Schluter

Investigative journalist Adele Ferguson has won her 22nd Quill Award for journalism at the annual Melbourne Press Club awards.

Ferguson’s win of the Business News Quill on Friday night was one of eight awards won by The Age‘s journalists, photographers and artists, from 37 nominations.

Ferguson was awarded for her work on ‘A Mongrel Bunch of Bastards’, a joint investigation on the Australian Tax Office between The Age and ABC’s Four Corners with Nassim Khadem, Lucy Carter and Lesley Robinson.

The Quill Awards judges praised the ATO series as “a chilling story, told well and tightly structured”.

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“Ferguson and her team showed how people caught in the ATO’s crosshairs have scant means to fight back and can be left with shattered lives.”

Richard Baker, Rachael Dexter, Greg Muller and Tim Young won a Quill for best podcast for Wrong Skin, the compelling story of Aboriginal lovers Julie and Richard, who vanished in the Kimberley in 1994.

The series was described as “the best example of what podcasting can be for journalism”.

Creative director Matthew Absalom-Wong also won the artwork Quill for his image for the Wrong Skin podcast.

Senior writer Mel Fyfe won Best Feature for her Good Weekend piece ‘Get Cliterate’.

Transport reporter Timna Jacks and video reporter Rachael Dexter won the RACV Transport Quill for their work on Melbourne’s worst commutes.

Senior sports writer Michael Gleeson won the Sports Feature Quill. And former Age sports writer Samantha Lane won for coverage of women in sport for her book Roar, about the AFLW.

Photographer Justin McManus won Best Feature Photography for his photo series on a swagman, and cartoonist Matt Golding won a quill for his spill cartoon, “Stab…stability”.

The Herald Sun‘s Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon won the Gold Quill and the Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism for their work on “Lawyer X”, now revealed as barrister Nicola Gobbo.

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