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 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
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
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 work 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 covers the Shepparton police round and is the Weekend Life Co-ordinator.
She says she loves co-ordinating Weekend Life because she can be creative and hold a pretty teacup in her head shot photo.
Sionnie enjoys covering the Shepparton police round because she can cover breaking news stories.
Sionnie says she would ideally like to travel the world reporting on different stories and meeting new and exciting people.
Phone: 5820 3102
Emily Woods writes police and court stories for the Shepparton News and has recently gotten a taste for online.
Her experience using social media has driven her to take control of the Shepparton News Facebook page and she loves nothing more than breaking news online.
With a love for storytelling, Emily also enjoys writing feature and human interest stories.
Her first foray into journalism was in community radio in Perth and after studying for several years she got her first gig as a cadet journalist in 2014 at The Advocate newspaper in North-West Tasmania.
Emily has lived in different parts of Australia but is enjoying making a home in Shepparton and getting to know the area.
Phone: 5820 3234
Originally from the Latrobe Valley, Gregor has worked in the world of sports journalism for more than a decade, starting as a cadet with the Central Queensland-based daily Gladstone Observer in 2004.
He moved to the Top End late in 2006 to work with the renowned newspaper NT News, specialising as a horse racing writer, in addition to covering a number of different sports, including golf, rugby league and union, mud racing, cricket and, of course, football.
Following a four-year stint in Darwin, Gregor returned to Victoria and worked as a senior reporter with leading sports website Sportal, covering such events as the AFL Grand Final, Ashes Boxing Day Test, Socceroos internationals and the debut season of the Melbourne Rebels.
The lure of the Northern Territory saw Gregor enjoy a second spell with the NT News, this time as the senior sports reporter for a two-year period, a time where he played a pivotal role in the paper’s multiple award-winning coverage of the Darwin Cup Carnival.
He has been enjoying the opportunity to live and breathe sport throughout the Goulburn Valley during the past year.
Georgina joined The News in June 2014 after graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) in 2012.
She worked in magazine publishing before moving to Shepparton to pursue her passion for sports writing.
Georgina has a keen eye for Australian Rules football and is a die-hard Richmond supporter.
She is considered the office netball guru and closely follows local TAC Cup club Murray Bushrangers.
Georgina grew up in Geelong where she spent many cold mornings rowing along the Barwon River.
Phone: 5820 3223
Eamonn Tiernan is a sports journalist at the Shepparton News.
A Queenslander born and bred, Eamonn found his way to the News after internships at Channel 9 and the ABC in Brisbane, and an eight month stint at the Campaspe News in Rochester.
A sports nut that plans his holiday destinations around international tournaments, he has watched professional sport on every inhabited continent and is yet to find a contest that does no fascinate him, except perhaps curling.
Cricket and rugby union are his first loves, but Eamonn developed a passion for Aussie Rules as a 10-year-old when he jumped on the Brisbane Lions bandwagon on their way to a threepeat.
He also has weak spots for Liverpool FC and the Texas Longhorns.
Phone: 5820 3224
Originally from the Latrobe Valley (just like his sports editor, Gregor) Oliver joined The News in October 2013.
He moved to Shepparton from Kerang, where he got his start as a general news journalist at The Northern Times (now known as Gannawarra Times) after graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) in 2011.
Oliver spent close to two years in Kerang, where he covered everything from local council, court and murder trials, police and community news, but sport has always been his number one passion.
Football and cricket are Oliver’s main loves as he reports closely on the Goulburn Valley Football League and Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield.
Outside of Goulburn Valley sport, Oliver is still hanging onto the premiership memories his beloved Brisbane Lions gave him in the early 2000s.
Phone: 5820 3230
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 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
Holly joined the staff at McPherson Media Group in 2011 after initially commencing work as a photographer at The Riverine Herald Echuca before transferring to The Shepparton News.
She previously completed a cadetship at the Maryborough Advertiser and worked at The Courier Ballarat and The Canberra Times.
In her more than 16 years experience in newspaper photography, Holly has covered many varied assignments including:
· a weekend with the army at Kapooka
· AFL football playing in regional practice match
· trips in helicopters, planes, and hot air balloons
· covering Royal visits
· musical theatre productions
· photographing Hollywood stars on movie sets
· a photo shoot with an international model
· boarding a warship in Bass Strait, and
· even documenting an afternoon at a nudist club.
She is originally from Katunga and is enjoying returning to the Goulburn Valley area and being closer to family.
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