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Jo Chandler

Senior Writer, The Age, Melbourne
Jo Chandler Jo Chandler is a Walkley Award-winning senior writer for the Melbourne Age with a brief to provide in-depth news reports and analysis on the big issues of the moment. She has particular interests in reporting on human rights and development, climate change, indigenous issues, social affairs, and medical and science news. She started with the Age in 1989 as a general and investigative reporter, moved into editing, and has taken on a number of senior roles, before being appointed editor of the Saturday paper. In 2005, she decided to return to reporting, and since then has filed news and features from assignments across sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, rural and remote Australia, Antarctica and Afghanistan. In 2009 she was recognised with a Walkley Award for commentary and analysis for pieces generated principally by her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. She was highly commended in the Quills Awards for a Good Weekend feature from the same trip. This year Jo received the 2010 United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace awards for best print feature – for piece on Australian aid in Afghanistan. Jo has studied journalism in the US as a Rotary Foundation Scholar and travelled to newspapers and media institutions in the UK on a fellowship with the Commonwealth Press Union. She has received two media fellowships with the Australian Antarctic Division, visiting and reporting from Antarctic research sites in 2007 and 2009/10. In 2002 she was awarded the Australian Museum's Eureka Prize for Health and Medical Research Journalism for her role as editor of a special series for The Age on the human genome.