Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Meet the team that brings you The News

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

July 19, 2012 12:03pm

Darren LintonDarren Linton

Senior journalist

Darren has worked in newspapers and television for almost 30 years.

In that time he has covered the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, September 11 terror attacks in New York, 2004 Madrid train bombing and 2002 Dubrovka Theater hostage crisis in Moscow, as well as Australian state and federal elections, the Port Arthur massacre and the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race disaster.

His favourite story was of a fight by a Gippsland dad to save the fantasy land he created out of junk to make his kids proud of his job running a tip after they were called ‘tip rats’ at school. Darren says while the move by the local council to close the tip was successful, the story was inspiring.

Darren covers local government, state and federal politics and general news and has a passion for photography and military history.

Phone: 5820 3227


Twitter: @SN_DLinton

John LewisJohn Lewis


John writes feature, human interest and people profile stories but can tackle hard news for the Shepparton News when required.
In his Friday column My Word John discusses anything from issues of the day to what’s been happening in ‘lawn mower land’.

John has been involved in journalism for 30 years after starting his career as a motorcycle courier for the United Kingdom’s Press Association in London’s Fleet St.

This is his 20th year with the McPherson Media Group after arriving in Australia in 1992.

John’s had many career highlights but says covering the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and travelling to Canberra to interview First Bloke Tim Mathieson were special.

John takes a keen interest in local theatre and music, plays guitar and rides a motorcycle when he should be walking his dogs.

Phone: 5820 3220


Twitter: @SN_JohnLewis

Chloe WarburtonChloe Warburton


Chloe began as an intern at The News in 2007 before completing a cadetship while working mainly in the entertainment and education rounds. She reported on court for a year before moving into the online department of McPherson Media Group, overseeing the group's websites and training staff while helping to develop new initiatives.

As of July 2014, she's moved back into the newsroom and is keen to be able to write on a daily basis again.

Several years as a journalist means Chloe has written about almost everything - crime, education, entertainment, community and even a calf born with five legs.

Outside of work, Chloe obsesses over her dog, attempts to go the gym on a regular basis and recently took up running - though its more like a slow shuffle. She also enjoys movies, music, and a lot of good food (but not necessarily food that's good for you).

Phone: 5820 3242


Twitter: @SN_CWarburton


Jenna BishopJenna Bishop


Jenna moved to Shepparton in August 2012 to work in The News’ features department, writing for glossy home, bride and women’s magazines as well as special features and inserts for the newspaper.

Before that, she completed several internships at newspapers in South Australia while studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of International Relations at the University of South Australia.

She moved to the general news section of the newspaper at the beginning of 2014 and although she misses the magazines, she’s enjoying the challenge and pace of a daily newspaper.

Jenna says she loves the diversity of the job and the fact that she never knows what she’ll be writing about each day, whether it’s politics, trucks, brides, lawnmower racing or community developments.

Her favourite part of the job is being able to meet so many wonderful people in the community and sharing their amazing stories.

She has a keen interest in anything to do with chocolate and cats and enjoys dabbling in a variety of different stories.

Phone: 5820 3234


Twitter: @SN_JennaBishop

Elaine Cooney
Elaine started as a journalist with The News in July 2014 following a three-year stint at the Campaspe News in Rochester. She is taking up the politics round and loves human interest and uplifting stories. 
Her passion for journalism began in 2000 when she illustrated and published a monthly comic magazine that highlighted the local and expat issues on a small Spanish island.
She went on to study journalism in Ireland and began writing for several magazines, newspapers  and online publications before becoming Managing Editor at an international “retire overseas” online publication in Waterford, Ireland.
She is enjoying getting to know people in the Goulburn Valley and understanding what makes the vibrant region tick.
Phone: 5820 3226

Sionnie Kelly

Cadet journalist

Sionnie joined The News in July 2014 after completing a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in International Relations at the University of South Australia. Before this she completed a double degree in Journalism and International Relations also at the University of South Australia.

During university Sionnie did a range of volunteer and work experience in radio, TV and print. She volunteered for Radio Adelaide’s Breakfast program and their current affairs program The Wire. Sionnie has also completed internships at the Southeast Asia Globe magazine in Cambodia and Southern Cross Austereo in country South Australia as a video journalist.

Sionnie says she enjoys working in a news room because of the variety of stories she can write.

She says she would ideally like to travel the world reporting on different stories and meeting new and exciting people.

Phone: 5820 3102



Matthew GaleaMatthew Galea

Sports journalist

Matthew joined the Shepparton News at the end of March 2013, realising a decade-long dream to become a sports journalist which was nurtured through countless high school classes reading sport magazines.

Matt completed a major in Media and Communications through the Bachelor of Arts programme at the University of Melbourne in 2012.

While completing his degree, Matt wrote weekly online columns for FourFourTwo Australia, Melbourne Heart Football Club as well as getting his own start up, the Manchester United Supporters Association of Australia, off the ground.

Matt has also worked for Fox Sports in its social media department, where he has provided commentary on A-League matches and Socceroos World Cup qualifiers.

Matt retains a big passion for digital and social media, but says that print media is where he always wanted to work.

He says that being able to cover a variety of sports, from footy to croquet, in his time at the News has been particularly rewarding, and ensures that every day offers something a bit different.

You can follow Matt on Twitter through his Shepparton-specific @SN_MattGalea or his general @mg91 accounts.

Phone: 5820 3224



Ray SizerRay Sizer

Chief photographer

Ray is the pictorial manager and chief photographer at the Shepparton News.

Ray has been a fixture at The News since he joined the paper in 1979.

He and his staff cover everything from The News, Country News and McPherson Media Group special publications.

Ray is addicted to golf and loves a good curry.

Phone: 5820 3235



Julie Mercer

Julie Mercer


Julie has been at the Shepparton News for 24 years and seen huge changes in photography in that time.

When she started at The News photographers processed their own black and white film and printed photographs in the darkroom; now she works with the latest Nikon digital cameras and lenses and work is done on computers.

Julie enjoys art and loves painting and drawing in her spare time.

Julie says the best part of her job is getting out and meeting the wide range of people in the Goulburn Valley. 

Phone: 5820 3236


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