Annika Smethurst

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Annika Smethurst
Alma materMonash University
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Annika Smethurst (born late 1987) is an Australian journalist. She writes for the Herald Sun.

Life and career[edit]

Smethurst finished Year Twelve in 2005, having attended Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, Victoria.[1]

Smethurst studied journalism and international studies at Monash University, beginning her degree in 2007 and completing her Honours thesis in journalism in 2010.[2] She spent a semester of her degree at Bishop's University in Quebec, Canada.[1] After graduation, Smethurst started a traineeship with News Corp Australia.[3]

In 2012, while a reporter at the Bendigo Weekly, Smethurst played an important role covering the Jill Meagher missing person case and homicide investigation. Smethurst lived close by to Meagher's house at the time and covering the story was difficult for her.[4]

In June 2012, Smethurst joined the Herald Sun reporting team.[1]

In 2013 Smethurst and her colleagues, James Campbell, Matt Johnston, Michelle Ainsworth and Mitchell Toy, were nominated for a Walkley award for their investigation into the backroom dealings of the Premier's office, which exposed secret conversations between then Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu's chief of staff and government adviser Tristan Weston.[5]

Smethurst joined the Herald Sun's Canberra team in 2015. In December 2015, Smethurst won the 2015 Walkley Award for All Media Scoop of the Year for her investigation of the "choppergate" expenses scandal surrounding Bronwyn Bishop's inappropriate use of parliamentary travel entitlements.[6] She also won two Victorian Quill Awards for her work on choppergate.[7]

In 2017 Smethurst won her second Walkley Award - also in the Scoop of the Year category - for her story about Sussan Ley MP's taxpayer-funded trips to the Gold Coast to buy a flat.[8] Ley was forced to resign as Health Minister as a result of the scandal.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Annika Smethurst (Riley, 2005 alumna), Old Girtonians' Association, 5 November 2012, archived from the original on 14 March 2016
  2. ^ "Monash graduate Annika Smethurst wins Walkley for Bishop's chopper scandal". Monash University. 4 December 2015. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016.
  3. ^ Annika Smethurst, Scoop Of The Year, Herald Sun, "Bronwyn Bishop’s Chopper Scandal", The Walkley Foundation, 2015, archived from the original on 17 March 2016
  4. ^ Radford, Anthony (4 October 2012). "Locals bring Jill Meagher tragedy to us". Bendigo Weekly. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Smethurst and Herald Sun team nominated for Walkley". Monash University. 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Herald Sun journalist Annika Smethurst wins Walkley Award". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. 3 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Annika wins two Quills for her work on the Choppergate scandal". Monash University. 21 March 2016. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016.
  8. ^ All Media: Scoop of the Year 2017, The Walkley Foundation, 2017
  9. ^ "Sussan Ley quits as health minister as Malcolm Turnbull flags political expenses reform". ABC News. 14 January 2017.