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


Erin LyonsErin Lyons

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

I was born a proud Carlton football club tragic and have been ever since my dad took me to my first game in 1997.

I studied Journalism (sport) at La Tobe University before landing my job at the Riv in July last year.

Before that I also completed internships at the Herald and Weekly Times and with Tennis Australia in the broadcast compound during the 2014 Australian Open.

While I love all sports, my passion is to one day score a job as a music writer.


But for now, I’ll continue to deliver my best sport coverage to the community while I plan to spend every spare moment cheering on the Navy Blues.

Phone: 5483 0519


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-joining 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 0516



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



Tyla HarringtonTyla Harrington

Tyla Harrington joined the Riverine Herald as a digital journalist in February 2015.

She has been involved in the industry for almost three years, starting her cadetship with the Deniliquin Pastoral Times in April 2012.

Commuting from Echuca, she says the made the transition to The Riv because she wanted to start serving the community she calls ‘home’.

Tyla covers the digital world including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online.

Her rounds also include Campaspe Shire, transport and general news stories.

As well as Echuca-Moama, Tyla covers Bamawn, Bamawn Extension, Pyramid Hill, Kotta, Tennyson, Mitiamo and Lockington.

Phone: 5483 0509


Twitter: @RIV_THarrington




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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