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

Geordie CowanGeordie Cowan

Sports journalist

Geordie is a Riverine Herald sports journalist. He started at the Riv as sport sub-editor in April 2008, bounced around a bit within Riv editorial and became a sport journalist in May 2011.

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 0515



Zachary HubberZach Hubber


Zach is a journalist for the Riverine Herald.

Zach arrived in Echuca from Melbourne in June after finishing his journalism degree at RMIT University in 2011.

He has worked at 1116 SEN radio in Melbourne and completed a placement at WIN News, Bendigo.

Zach also worked at a radio station in Seoul, South Korea for six weeks as part of an internship.

He is a one-eyed Essendon Football Club supporter and loves international current affairs as well as being immersed in sport.

His favourite journalism memory was attending the Socceroos press conference at Melbourne Airport before the team flew to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Phone: 5483 0508


Ivy WiseIvy Wise


Ivy has been at the Riverine Herald for more than six years, starting as a sub-editor and general news reporter for the Riv before taking on the role of features writer for special publications in mid-2011. 

Ivy has been working as a journalist for more than 11 years, completing her cadetship at The North West Star in Mount Isa (north-west Queensland).

She has two daughters, aged 5 and 2, and works three days a week.

After battling her own health issues and having a keen interest in this area, she particularly enjoys researching and writing for the Health and Wellbeing magazine and finds it rewarding to know she can help others on their journey to better health.

Ivy has written many stories over the years, but the ones that stand out to her the most is the human interest stories; of bravery, heroism and the human spirit, which inspire you to be a better person.

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

Ivy loves travelling, reading, writing, socialising, singing (karaoke-style) and trying new experiences.

Phone: 5483 0507




Holly CurtisHolly Curtis


Holly has been a photographer at the Riverine Herald since February 2010. She takes photos for news, sport, advertising and special publications.

Holly has worked in newspaper photography for 11 years.

She says the best part of her job is the fact every day is different, and working for a local paper means you really become part of the community.

Holly says she enjoys telling stories and documenting events through her photos, and she especially enjoys capturing people’s portraits.

She lists highlights of her career as photographing Heath Ledger on the set of Ned Kelly and Tara Moss wearing a dress made from red rose petals at Floriade in Canberra.

Holly loves photography, travel, tennis, shopping, fishing and camping.

Phone: 5482 1111





Nikala Dixon

Nikala has worked on the Riverine Herald, Campaspe News and McIvor Times for the past 12 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 Durrant

Natalie has worked for McPherson Media Group for 14 years.

She began at the Riverine Herald in 1998 and moved to the Shepparton News in 2001 before returning to Echuca in 2003 to work on the Riverine Herald, Campaspe News and McIvor Times.

Natalie lives on a farm and enjoys reading, sport and cooking.

She says she enjoys working in the media and providing a service to the public.

Phone: 5483 0519


Renee Thompson

Renee is a sub-editor for the Riverine Herald, Campaspe News and McIvor Times and helps co-ordinate their websites and social media pages.

Renee graduated from the Graduate Diploma of Journalism at RMIT in 2010 and joined the Riverine Herald as a sub-editor in mid-2011.

She previously worked as a public servant at the national Translating and Interpreting Service and spent three years travelling abroad, mostly living and working in the UK.

She is an avid movie watcher, news consumer, bike rider and coffee drinker.

Since moving to Echuca from Melbourne for work she has enjoyed living close to the Murray River and the natural beauty of the area.

Phone: 5483 0509


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