Caroline Wilson

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Caroline Wilson
Born Julia Caroline Wilson[1]
(1960-06-07) 7 June 1960 (age 56)
Melbourne, Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Other names 'Caro'[1]
Occupation Journalist
Employer Fairfax, 3AW, Nine Network

Caroline Wilson (born Julia Caroline Wilson,[1] 7 June 1960) is a multiple Walkley Award winning Australian sports journalist. She is the chief football writer for Melbourne's The Age newspaper, also appears on 3AW's pre-match AFL discussion, is a panellist on Nine Network's Footy Classified, and an occasional panellist on the ABC program Offsiders.


Wilson began covering football in 1982. She has covered numerous sports, but specialises in AFL football, and has been chief football writer for The Age since 1999. Wilson was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football full-time.[2][3]

She had five years with the Sunday Age between 1989 and 1994.[2]

Caroline has also worked in radio hosting the afternoon program for 3AW between 1994 and 1996.[2]

Wilson appeared every Wednesday night on White Line Fever on Fox Footy, until the show was cancelled in 2006 following the dissolution of Fox Footy Channel.

Media awards[edit]

In 1989 Wilson became the first woman to win the AFL's gold media award.[3]

She was the winner of the Sunday Age journalist of the year award in 1993.[2]

In 1995 Wilson was the winner of a national RAWARD (now known as the Australian Commercial Radio Awards - ACRA) as best radio current affairs commentator.[2]

Wilson was voted the AFL Players' Association's football writer of the year in 1999.[3]

Wilson is a multiple winner of AFL Media Association awards, including most outstanding football writer and most outstanding feature writer (2000, 2003, 2005).[3]

In 2010, Wilson was presented with an Australian Sports Commission lifetime achievement award for her contribution to sports journalism.[2]

In 2013, Wilson won her first Walkley Awards, sharing the 2013 All Media Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue award and winning outright, the 2013 All Media Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique award. Both awards related to The Age newspaper coverage of the 2013 Essendon Football Club supplements controversy.[4][5]

In March 2014, Wilson received the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award at the Melbourne Press Club's annual Quill awards. This prestigious award was presented to Wilson for her coverage of the Essendon Football Club supplements controversy.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Melbourne, Wilson is the daughter of Ian Wilson, who was president of Richmond Football Club between 1974 and 1985. She is married to Seven News reporter, Brendan Donohoe, and they have three children, Rose, Ned and Clementine.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Revealed: Caroline Wilson's real name". 3AW. Fairfax Media. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Top 50 Sports People - Caroline Wilson", The Australian, 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Age Profile - Caroline Wilson", The Age, 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  4. ^ "2013 All Media Coverage of a Major News Event or Issue Winners". 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 All Media Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique Winners". 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wilson wins award for Essendon saga". The Age. Fairfax Media. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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