The Walkley Directors

The Walkley Directors are the members and directors of the company Walkley Foundation Limited, which is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson is a multi-award winning journalist and columnist for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. She is a regular guest reporter on ABC's Four Corners and 7.30. She is the author of Banking Bad: Whistleblowers, corporate cover-ups and one journalist’s fight for the truth, and the best-selling unauthorised biography Gina Rinehart: The untold story of the richest person in Australian history.

Adele Ferguson started her career in journalism at The Advertiser in Adelaide. She has been deputy editor and chief business commentator at BRW magazine and a senior columnist at The Australian. Ms Ferguson has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Adelaide University. Her journalism honours include eight Walkleys including the Gold Walkley, a series of Quill awards including two Gold Quill Awards, a series of Kennedy Awards including two Gold Kennedy Awards, a Logie, National Press Club awards including Journalist of the Year, and the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year award from the Melbourne Press Club. In 2019 Adele Ferguson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Marina Go

In addition to her role as Chair of the Walkley Foundation, Marina Go has extensive experience as a journalist, editor, business founder and non-executive director. She is Chair of Suncorp Super Netball and Ovarian Cancer Australia, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, and Pro-Pac, a director of PwC’s Diversity Advisory Board and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016. Marina has over 30 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She is a former CEO of Private Media and Publisher of Crikey and was a founder of the female leadership website Women’s Agenda. Marina is the Diversity Champion and former Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women.

Michael Janda

Michael Janda has worked at the ABC for more than a decade across online, radio and television news and current affairs. He started out as the national broadcaster's inaugural business and finance cadet in 2008 which, in a stroke of luck, was probably the best year to cover economics and the markets since 1929.

For most of his time at the ABC, Michael has been responsible for editing the business news page, as well as writing much of its content. However, he has also worked as a reporter and producer for The Business and as a business and economics reporter for PM, The World Today and AM, and remains a regular contributor to the ABC's finance coverage on TV and radio.

Karen Percy 2021

Karen Percy

Karen Percy’s career began with the ABC in Adelaide more than three decades ago, and has also taken her to Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney, Bangkok and Moscow. She has also worked for Channel 10 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2006-2009 she was the ABC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok. In 2010 she went to Moscow and freelanced for a number of agencies including CBC, SBS, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Orf in Austria and Radio New Zealand. Karen is a co-Vice President of the Media section of MEAA and she's been active with Women In Media Victoria, which offers workplace support and networking opportunities. She is Chair of the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific which focuses on trauma and journalism.

Marcus Strom

Marcus Strom is president of MEAA Media, Australia’s journalist union. He has been a journalist for more than two decades in both Australia and Britain and was a Walkley finalist in 2015 and a finalist for the Eureka Prize for science journalism in 2017. Marcus worked for 13 years at the Sydney Morning Herald in senior roles including deputy foreign editor and morning news director. He was also the chair of the Herald’s MEAA committee for almost a decade. Marcus was most recently the Herald’s science editor. Marcus is now the science media adviser at the University of Sydney.

Lenore Taylor

Lenore Taylor is the editor of Guardian Australia. Over almost three decades of political reporting, she has won two Walkley awards and twice won the Paul Lyneham Award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She was the Australian Financial Review’s Europe correspondent in the early 2000s. She co-authored the book Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days, which examined the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis.