The Melbourne Press Club (MPC) has elected award-winning investigative reporter Nick McKenzie as its new president.
McKenzie is an award-winning investigative reporter for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. His individual and collaborative work covers politics, business, foreign affairs, defence, human rights issues, the criminal justice system and social affairs. In his 18 years in the industry McKenzie has proven himself one of Australia’s most decorated journalists, winning nine Walkley Awards, countless Quill awards and taking out the Melbourne Press Club's Gold Quill three times.
McKenzie, the club’s twenty-first president, said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the team and feel a sense of privilege to be working with colleagues across Victoria’s cherished metropolitan, regional and trade media landscape. The Melbourne Press Club has a key role to play in the celebration and promotion of excellence in journalism and in encouraging fellowship among media professionals. We have a lot to look forward to, with plenty of opportunity ahead. That said, there’s also a lot to fight for given the sector’s modern-day challenges and I am confident that the club is fit to help lead this fight.”
Melbourne Press Club CEO Cathy Bryson said: “The Melbourne Press Club is delighted to have attracted such an acclaimed and highly-respected journalism leader in Nick. I look forward to working closely with him to bring vitality to the media sector in Melbourne and Victoria as we build on the club’s great strengths.”
During its June board meeting yesterday, the club also elected ABC reporter Ashlynne McGhee and 3AW executive producer and presenter Heidi Murphy as vice-presidents.
The new leadership appointments followed the MPC 2020 annual general meeting, at which four new board members were elected – the Herald Sun’s Ashley Argoon, the ABC’s Matilda Marozzi and Richard Willingham and Seven News’ Lynne Scrivens.
Melbourne Press Club appointments:
- President - Nick McKenzie
- Vice-Presidents - Ashlynne McGhee, Heidi Murphy
- Secretary - Richard Leder
- Treasurer - Veronica Scott
- Committee - Ashley Argoon, Mark Baker, Eileen Berry, Patrick Considine, Nicole Denton, Rachael Dexter, Jude Donnelly, Heather Loomes, Matilda Marozzi, Kate McGrath, Patrick O’Beirne, Justin Quill, Lynne Scrivens, Tom Salom and Richard Willingham.
Immediate Past President, Eileen Berry was thanked at the AGM and by the outgoing committee for her stellar contribution to the Club.