Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Meet the team that brings you Echuca and Moama's news

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

June 22, 2012 10:55am

Andrew MoleAndrew Mole

Andrew Mole joined the Riverine Herald as editor in August 2014 and is also responsible for McIvor Times and Campaspe News.

He is an award-winning journalist – most recently receiving a prestigious Quill award for best Victorian rural/regional news story and a Rural Media Association best news story of the year in 2011.

Before joining the Riv Andrew was running two national industry magazines – the Kondinin Group’s Farming Ahead and Australian Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Andrew has been a news, sport, rural and features editor on metropolitan papers in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, worked in television and has a strong Victorian regional background with The Weekly Times, Geelong Advertiser and Ballarat Courier after starting his career at the then Melbourne Herald.

When not at work he and his wife Helen are major fundraisers for, and supporters of, women’s shelters and underprivileged children and many years (and kilograms) ago he was an enthusiastic triathlete and ultrathon competitor (never close to winning but never last). He also attended the 1988 Seoul Olympics as media manager of the Australian baseball team.

Phone: 5482 1111


Twitter: @RivEditor


Rhiannon Horrell

Rhiannon Horrell

Rhiannon Horrell joined the Riverine Herald in November 2013.
Prior to this, she worked at the Shepparton News as chief of staff for one year.
Rhiannon moved to Australia from New Zealand in 2012.
In Auckland, Rhiannon spent three years at the Central Leader and Auckland City Harbour News as a reporter covering transport, arts and council.
She was later promoted to chief reporter and picked up the police and emergency services round.
Rhiannon graduated from university in 2009 and in her short career, has been able to travel overseas thanks to a media grant.
She’s had work experience at the Jakarta Post and in 2011 she travelled to India to write a feature story for the Fairfax Media group in NZ.
Outside of work, Rhiannon runs a hospice baking group called Baking From the Heart and is a self-confessed crazy cat lady.

Phone: 5482 1111



Luke McManus

Luke McManus

Luke joined the Riverine Herald as a cadet sports journalist in August 2013.

Originally from Mildura, Luke has grown up playing, watching and breathing sport and has a great appreciation of its importance to the community.

Spending time in Melbourne yielded a degree in journalism and his fair share of industry experience, including time spent at SYN, 1116 SEN, Crocmedia, McGuire Media, Weekly Times and Channel Nine.

On the weekends, Luke tries to catch as many Collingwood games as possible and wants to follow in the footsteps of Sir Eddie McGuire.

Away from sport, Luke’s interests extends to history and TV show marathons.

Phone: 5483 0516


Twitter: @RivSport


Erin LyonsErin Lyons

Erin joined the Riverine Herald as a cadet sports journalist in August 2014.

Phone: 5483 0515


Twitter: @RivSport






Geordie CowanGeordie Cowan

Geordie joined the  Riverine Herald in April 2008.

He started at the Riv as a sport sub-editor, bounced around a bit within Riv editorial and became a sport journalist in May 2011 before re-jioing the general editorial team in August 2014.

Geordie previously worked in Melbourne behind the bar at then-Telstra Dome and Melbourne Park.

He says he likes finding out what makes people tick in a sporting context - what drives them, teases them, satisfies them.

Geordie says the best part about his job is the scope of passion for varied sports and the achievements people gain in each field.

Phone: 5483 0508



Ivy WiseIvy Wise

Ivy has been at the Riverine Herald for about eight years, starting as a sub-editor and general news reporter.

After two years in the role of features writer for special publications, the lure of ‘‘hard news’’ saw Ivy return as a news reporter.

Her rounds include police and emergency services, Echuca court, health and human interest stories.

She also covers the surrounding towns of Rochester, Lockington, Bamawm, Nanneella, Timmering and Strathallan.

Ivy has been working as a journalist for more than 13 years, completing her cadetship at The North West Star in Mount Isa (north-west Queensland).

She has two daughters, aged 7 and 3 1/2.

Ivy has written stories of tragedy and fortune, despair and hope, cruelty and acts of kindness, sadness and joy and those that stand out to her the most are those that illustrate the fragility and strength of the human spirit and inspire us to be better people.

She has had the chance to meet a few celebs over the years and even had the chance to chat with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she came to Echuca during the 2011 floods.

Ivy loves travelling, reading, writing, going to the theatre, socialising with friends, trying to sing and a good shiraz.

Phone: 5483 0507



Trent HornemanTrent Horneman

Trent is a senior journalist at the Riverine Herald.

This is his second stint with the Riv, having previously worked as a cadet journalist, sports reporter and sub-editor 10 years ago.

Born and bred in Deniliquin, he returned with his family to be closer to home in 2012.

During his career he has covered almost every topic imaginable from CWA luncheons to murder trials.

Trent covers Moama court, Agriculture, water issues, the bridge and Murray Shire, as well as Mathoura, Barmah, Moama, Bunnaloo, Womboota, Nathalia and Moira Shire.

Outside of the newsroom, Trent is a sports fan who loves to watch cricket, football, golf and horse racing.

Phone: 5483 0505







Jayme Lowndes

Jayme Lowndes

After working at the Shepparton News for more than a year, Jayme joined the Riverine Herald as a photographer in June 2013.

Jayme calls Echuca home and has enjoyed returning to work in the place she grew up.

She aspires to take photography to the next level and tell a story, convey an emotion, answer a question or explain a situation with a photo.

Jayme says she enjoys a challenge and is excited about the opportunities that a career in photography provides.

Phone: 5482 1111








Nikala DixonNikala Dixon

Nikala has worked on the Riverine Herald, Campaspe Newsand McIvor Times for the past 14 years, first as the sports sub-editor, then a features writer and back to subbing.

Nikala enjoys being a part of a strong community – she lists last January’s floods that affected Rochester and Echuca as one of the most memorable experiences, which demonstrated the importance of community.

One of her most memorable photos is a shot of Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she visited Echuca after the 2011 floods.

The series of three photos show Ms Gillard speaking to a young boy, who was so serious as he spoke to the Prime Minister about the floods.

Nikala is a lover of Labradors, having two of her own, and one of her favourite pastimes is photographing her dogs.

Phone: 5483 0526



Natalie DurrantNatalie Durrant

Natalie has worked for McPherson Media Group for 16 years.

She began at the Riverine Herald in 1998 as a features journalist and moved to the Shepparton News in 2001 as a sub-editor before returning to Echuca in 2003 to work on theRiverine Herald, Campaspe News and McIvor Times.

Natalie lives on a farm with her husband and two daughters and enjoys reading, sport and cooking.

Phone: 5482 1111


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