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    Sandra Sully, Kochie, Amanda Gome, and Chris Pash among Order of Australia honours for media

    Media industry personalities were among the 739 individuals who received awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia this past Australia Day, January 2024. 10’s Sandra Sully, Pinstripe media’s David James Koch (Kochie), Notable Media’s Amanda Gome, AdNews’ Christopher Allen (Chris) Pash, and News Corp’s Penelope (Penny) Fowler, were recognised for their contributions to the media landscape in Australia.

    Sandra Sully, a stalwart of Network 10‘s 10 News First team since 1990, received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her outstanding service to the media, charitable organisations, and the community.

    In her 30-year career, Sandra has covered a wide array of national and international events, from elections and budgets to the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, and the the Royal Wedding. Her reporting extends to major global stories like the September 11 attacks, as well as significant local events such as the Thredbo landslide rescue.

    Sully was the first woman to co-host the Melbourne Cup/Spring Carnival, a role she filled for seven years. 

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    Sandra Sully said: “I am very humbled and honoured to receive this recognition which stems from working in an industry I love. It is a privilege to be a journalist and work in a profession which I believe in and its ability to shine the light on inequality and how to bring about change. My role has given me many amazing opportunities and I am so grateful to be able to give back to the community in areas I am passionate about.

    “I have always strived to honour my profession and raise the bar with the issues I believe need to be highlighted and where I can make a difference.

    “I would like to thank all the many people who have supported and guided me along the way. Especially my dedicated and hardworking colleagues, my loving family, supportive friends and mentors.”

    Known for his role as co-host of Sunrise on the Seven Network Kochie, was honoured for his significant contributions to media and economic journalism.

    See also: “All I can say is thank you”: Kochie signs off from Sunrise

    Beyond broadcasting, Kochie’s multifaceted impact includes chairing Pinstripe Media, Ausbiz, and Port Adelaide FC, as well as serving as economic director at Compare The Market. His entrepreneurial endeavours and philanthropic initiatives, and leadership in organisations such as DonateLife, further underscore his influence on Australian society.

    Amanda Gome, founder and chef executive officer of Notable Media, was recognised for her substantial contributions to media, business, and women’s empowerment. Her leadership in digital media, coupled with her advocacy for gender equality, reflects her dedication to fostering positive change in the industry and beyond.

    Chris Pash, editor of AdNews, was honoured for his service to the media and communications sector. With a diverse background in journalism and publishing, Pash’s advocacy for content creators and environmental causes exemplifies his commitment to driving positive societal change.

    Chairman of Herald & Weekly Times at News Corp Australia, Penny Fowler, was also honoured with the Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to community service. As chair of the Good Friday Appeal for the past decade, Penny has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

    Her leadership extends to various cultural institutions, highlighting her unwavering commitment to enriching the fabric of Australian society.

    As reported in The Australian, Fowler stated, “It’s an honour to be recognised (with the AM), but first and most importantly I want to thank my uncle, Rupert Murdoch, because I would not have had the opportunity to be involved in so many organisations if he had not given me the opportunity to chair the Herald & Weekly Times and be a News Corp ambassador.”

    See also: Mediaweek’s Sales Team of the Year: NSW shines for News Corp Australia

    Top Image: Sandra Sully

    The post Sandra Sully, Kochie, Amanda Gome, and Chris Pash among Order of Australia honours for media appeared first on Mediaweek.

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