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The Gold Walkley is the most prestigious of the Walkley Awards for Australian journalism. It is chosen by the Walkley Advisory Board from the winners of all the other categories (excluding the Journalism Leadership and Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism awards). It has been awarded annually since 1978.
List of Gold Walkley Award winners
|Order||Year||Recipient(s)||Program / Title||Location / Publisher||Story / Issue||Reference|
|1.||1978||Catherine Martin||The West Australian||Perth||The impact of asbestos–related diseases on the mining community in Wittenoom Gorge|||
|2.||1979||Ron Tandberg||The Age||Melbourne|
|3.||1980||Leslie Grant Heading||ABC||Hobart|
|4.||1981||John Lewis||The Newcastle Herald|
|5.||1982||Kerry O'Brien||ATN Channel 7||Sydney|
|6.||1983||Mary Delahunty and Alan Hall||Four Corners||ABC TV|
|7.||1984||Jan Mayman||The Age||Melbourne (freelance)|
|8.||1985||Chris Masters and Bruce Belsham||Four Corners||ABC TV|
|9.||1986||Ron Tandberg||The Age||Melbourne|
|10.||1987||Phil Dickie||The Courier-Mail||Brisbane|
|11.||1988||Norman Swan||Radio National||ABC Radio|
|12.||1989||Alan Tate and Paul Bailey||The Sydney Morning Herald||Sydney|
|13.||1990||Janet Hawley||The Good Weekend||Fairfax Media|
|14.||1991||Monica Attard||ABC Radio|
|15.||1992||Jenny Brockie||ABC TV|
|16.||1993||Phillip Chubb and Sue Spencer||ABC TV|
|17.||1994||Peter McEvoy||Radio National||ABC Radio|
|18.||1995||David Bentley||The Courier-Mail||Brisbane|
|19.||1996||Peter Hartcher||The Australian Financial Review|
|20.||1997||Mary-Louise O'Callaghan||The Australian||The Sandline Crisis: How the PNG government hired a mercenary group in an effort to crush the Bougainville rebels|
|21.||1998||Pamela Williams||The Australian Financial Review||A plan to smash a union: The dispute involving Patricks' stevedores questioned the role of the Federal Government and the Maritime Union|
|22.||1999||Richard Ackland, Deborah Richards and Anne Connolly||Media Watch||ABC TV||Cash for comment: Exposed Alan Jones, John Laws, and Radio 2UE's Cash for comment affair|||
|23.||2000||Mark Davis||Dateline||SBS TV||Timor Intelligence: How much Australia's intelligence services knew about the violence surrounding East Timor's independence election|
|24.||2001||Andrew Rule||The Age||Melbourne||Geoff Clarke: Power and rape: Allegations of sexual abuse by ATSIC chairman Geoff Clarke|
|25.||2002||Kate McClymont and Anne Davies||The Sydney Morning Herald||Sydney||Bulldogs salary cap scandal: Overpayment of Bulldogs' players led to a corruption inquiry by the NRL|
|26.||2003||Richard Moran||National Nine News||Nine Network||Canberra Bushfires: Filming of the firefighting process of the ACT fires, while still managing to help evacuees|
|27.||2004||Neil Chenoweth, Shraga Elam, Colleen Ryan,
Andrew Main, and Rosemarie Graffagnini
|Australian Financial Review||Rivkin's Swiss Bank Scandal: The unknown business dealings of Rene Rivkin|
|28.||2005||Tim Palmer||ABC||Aceh Tsunami and Jakarta Embassy Bomb: Extensive, innovative and courageous coverage of South Asia|||
|29.||2006||Liz Jackson, Lin Buckfield, Peter Cronau||Four Corners||ABC TV||Stoking the Fires: Arming of a civilian militia in East Timor after the country's independence process|||
|30.||2007||Hedley Thomas||The Australian||Dr Haneef: Arrest of Gold Coast doctor Muhamed Haneef|||
|31.||2008||Ross Coulthart and Nick Farrow||Sunday||Nine Network||Butcher of Bega: Investigation of a doctor’s alleged malpractice and incompetence in|||
|32.||2009||Gary Hughes||The Australian||The Black Saturday bushfires|||
|33.||2010||Laurie Oakes||Nine News||Nine Network||Labor leaks during the 2010 election campaign|||
|34.||2011||Sarah Ferguson, Michael Doyle and Anne Worthington||Four Corners||ABC TV||A Bloody Business: Cruelty inflicted on Australian cattle exported to Indonesian abattoirs|||
|35.||2012||Steve Pennells||The West Australian||Perth||Coverage of Gina Rinehart's feud with her children and an asylum seeker boat tragedy|||
|36.||2013||Joanne McCarthy||The Newcastle Herald||Sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the Hunter region|||
|37.||2014||Adele Ferguson, Deb Masters and Mario Christodoulou||Four Corners||ABC TV||Breaking Bad: Financial planning and advice offered by the Commonwealth Bank and other organisations|||
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