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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

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                                                

Elaine Cooney
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 KellySionnie Kelly


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 WoodsEmily Woods


Emily writes police and court stories for The News and has recently gotten a taste for online.

With her experience using social media, she controls the Shepparton News Facebook page and loves nothing more than breaking news online.

Emily has a love of storytelling and also enjoys writing feature and human interest stories.

Her first foray in journalism was at a community radio station in Perth. 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


Twitter: @SN_EmilyWoods 

Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney                                                

Cheif of Staff

Having grown up on sheep and cattle properties in Western Queensland, Campbell worked as a stationhand, shearing shed hand, truck driver, gravel crusher operator and auctioneer before joining the ABC in the 90’s.

He has worked in three states doing everything from rural reporter, radio presenter, TV reporter and producer. For eight years he was a Pacific Correspondent with the ABC, covering the island states, nations, and territories across the region, reporting on coups’ tsunamis, cyclones, political intrigue and environmental issues for audiences in Australia and overseas.

Campbell joined “The News” in early 2015.




GregorGregor Mactaggart

Sports Editor

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.

Phone 58203228


Georgina CahillGeorgina Cahill

Sports Journalist

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


EamonnEamonn Tiernan

Sports Journalist

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 who plans his holiday destinations around international tournaments, Eamonn has watched professional sport on every inhabited continent and is yet to find a contest that does not fascinate him, except perhaps curling.

Eamonn has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Queensland and enjoyed exchange stints at the University of Nottingham and the University of Texas.

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


Oliver CaffreyOliver Caffrey

Sports Journalist

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 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



Holly Curtis

Holly Curtis


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 rven documenting an afternoon at a nudist club.

She is originally from Katunga and is enjoying returning to the Goulburn Valley area to be closer to family.


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