Michael Waner of has been named the 2021 Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of the Year for "fearless and ferocious" reporting on the culture of the AFL.
Michael has been awarded the Gordon Award for fearless and ferocious investigative reporting on the culture of the nation’s biggest sporting body, the AFL His work is showcased in his bestselling book, The Boys’ Club, and in breaking big exclusive stories leading the news agenda in the Collingwood Football Club racism row and the subsequent resignation of the club's president.
The winning entry
Michael Warner, Herald Sun, for coverage and commentary on the AFL
The Boys Club book, Hachette
'Magpies racism shame,' Herald Sun, 1 February 2021
Pride after fall, Herald Sun, 10 February 2021
Greg Baum, The Age, for coverage and commentary on the AFL
Jonathan Horn, The Guardian, for coverage and commentary on Melbourne sport
Linda Pearce, CODE Sports, for coverage of Australian sport at home and abroad
Read more about 2021 Gordon award finalists' entries