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Meet the team that brings you the Country News

Contact the Country News team if you have news tips, photos, videos, letters to the editor or a story to share with the community.

July 19, 2012 11:12am


Geoff AdamsGeoff Adams


Geoff is editor of Country News, the biggest circulating rural paper in northern Victoria.

Geoff has always lived in the country and started his career at the Kyabram Free Press.  

He enjoys his Country News role, which allows him to get out and meet farmers regularly and also to help shape the coverage for the region.

Geoff dabbles in photography (he works on the principle that if you take enough photos you are bound to get a good one) and enjoys bushwalking.

Geoff has held a number of other positions with the Country News sister paper, The Shepparton News, and is currently the assistant editor.  

Phone: 5820 3229


Country News journalist Cathy WalkerCathy Walker

Senior journalist

Cathy escaped metropolitan daily journalism and the Melbourne traffic after more than 25 years at News Limited and The Age, and has also worked for Racing Victoria and the Bloodhorse Breeders Association.

Now she unravels the politics of agriculture and water, meeting the players who make up the agricultural scene. From farmers to researchers to show secretaries and working dog owners, they all have a story to tell.
Cathy has a small flock of stud South Suffolk sheep and hopes to turn it into a bigger one. Until she grows rich on the sheep’s back (well it worked for the squatters) she’ll continue to enjoy her horse pursuits including hunting, and slipping extra equine stories into Country News when Geoff’s away.


Alexandra BathmanAlexandra Bathman 

Cadet journalist

Alexandra (Alex) Bathman is a cadet reporter with Country News and features.

She began her journalism career with the McPherson Media Group at the Riverine Herald after completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Monash University. 
Alex is a local girl and was brought up on a dairy farm in Tatura before moving to Melbourne for her studies. 
During this time she had stories published with the Sydney Morning Herald online and the Age online.
She completed work placements at Channel Nine’s A Current Affair program and Today show, WIN News in Shepparton, the Business Spectator in Melbourne and was a casual video journalist for Southern Cross Ten’s Weeknights program. 
Alex has also been a part of the Harvard run World Model UN (WorldMUN) - the largest student conference in the world. For WorldMUN, she travelled to Canada in 2012 and assisted her student delegation in winning the bid to host the event in Melbourne, 2013. 
Although she loved living in Melbourne she is happy to be back in the region with her family.
Phone:  58203162
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