Nance Haxton has proven her excellent reporting track record over more than two decades, winning Australian journalism’s most prestigious honour – a Walkley Award – for the second time in 2012.
She has a passion for justice, and sees her main motivation for working in journalism as giving those who do not normally have access to the media a voice.
As The Wandering Journo, Nance is now in the next stage of her storytelling career. She wants to reporting stories of significance that are being missed and give people who don’t have access to the media a voice. She wants to expose truthful and insightful stories to a national and global audience.
As a dual Walkley Award winner with nearly 20 years experience reporting for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, you know Nance can be trusted with your story.
Nance produced stories for a range of national flagship programs for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for radio, television and online, from locations in the remote outback to major cities around the world.
This experience saw her appointed as Griffith University’s “Journalist in Residence” in 2016, with her contract extended to a two year residency.
Her 2012 Walkley Award for Best Radio News and Current Affairs Reporting recognised her investigative series of stories titled ‘Justice System Fails Disabled Victims of Sexual Abuse’. The judges said: ‘Nance Haxton showed how journalists can be a catalyst for change. She took a difficult subject, researched it for months and wove her interviews into stories that clearly and emotively explained how disabled children were being discriminated against.’ These stories were also a finalist in the Walkley’s Best Radio Feature category, and won the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2012 Best Radio Award.
Starting off with a cadetship at Quest Newspapers in Brisbane, Nance went on to become the sole reporter at the ABC’s Port Augusta outpost covering more than half the state of South Australia for ABC Radio and Television news.
During her stint in the outback Nance was recognised with the Walkley Award for Best Radio News story in 2001 for her coverage of riots at the Woomera Detention Centre, and was also a Walkley finalist for Best Coverage of Regional Affairs for the same series.
Nance graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2001 with a Masters in Journalism after completing her research thesis on “The Death of Investigative Journalism.”
After a year in the Sydney ABC Radio Newsroom, Nance became the South Australian correspondent for ABC Radio Current Affairs, reporting to AM, PM and The World Today.
Her work for the ABC in Queensland has been recognised with two Clarion awards – the 2016 Best Sports Report for her investigative series “Why Are Boxers Dying in Queensland?” and the Multicultural Queensland Award in 2014 for her PM radio documentary on Logan titled “Hope for the Future”.
Nance Haxton is also a qualified speech and drama teacher, university lecturer, adept speaker, MC, and moderator. She sees her greatest journalistic skill as empathy – which she learned from her intellectually disabled older brother Ashley. She would like to thank him for inspiring her daily to do all that you can with the skills that you have.