2015 winners

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Lincoln Tyner, ABC Adelaide

In the centenary year of ANZAC, the Mary MacKillop Award could be given to no worthier member of the media. Since 1997 Lincoln has produced the ABC TV broadcast of the ANZAC Day march, and the Dawn and Cross of Sacrifice Services. With a crew of 35, it is one of the biggest live broadcasts in Australia and over the years has become one of the most eminent, popular and highly regarded ANZAC broadcasts in the nation. This is largely due to the exhaustive and accurate research expertly done by Lincoln, including his sensitive interviews of the passing generation of WWII veterans. His work and commitment is hugely valued by veterans, historians and public alike.

As well as his ANZAC coverage, Lincoln has produced TV for 30 years including ABC and commercial football coverage and hosted a football segment on ABC 891 Evenings for many years, interviewing hundreds of veteran footballers and compiling highly comprehensive, statistical biographies of them WITHOUT a single error ever. He has received three SANFL Media Awards for this work. I am told they call him rain man at the ABC for his knowledge on football stats. Lincoln has also produced TV coverage of Paralympic and Commonwealth Games internationally, and a number of documentaries on cricket history including the Invincibles, Bradman and the 80s era. These docos have been highly rated and bestsellers – all at no personal gain from the huge sales.

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