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Antony Funnell is a Walkley award-winning journalist and broadcaster. From 2006 to 2008 he was the presenter of The Media Report on ABC Radio National.
Prior to that he produced documentaries and current affairs stories for a range of Radio National programs including Background Briefing , Earthbeat, The Law Report and Radio National Breakfast . In early 2006 he was executive producer of Australia Talks Back (now Australia Talks).
Antony started his career as a graduate cadet with ABC Radio News and over the past two decades has worked for many of the country’s leading news and current affairs programs, including AM , PM and the 7.30 Report .
In the late 90s he was also the senior producer for Australia Television News, ABC TV’s then nightly satellite news service into the Asia/Pacific region. Antony has travelled and reported for the ABC from a diverse range of places – from the Russian border in Outer Mongolia to the isolated community of Ali Curung in the Northern Territory .
In November 2006 he won a Walkley Award for his Background Briefing documentary ‘The Financial Abuse of the Elderly’. He was also a Walkley award finalist in 2003. In that same year he won the United Nations Media Peace Prize (Best Radio) for a half-hour program he produced on Aboriginal customary law. He won the same UN award in 2007 for his coverage of issues relating to the crisis in Zimbabwe .
During his career he’s also been awarded the New York Festival’s Silver World Medal, a NSW Bar Association Media Award for coverage of legal issues and a Worldfest Flagstaff International Film Festival Award for TV production ( USA ).
For three years in the late 1990s he worked for the international humanitarian aid agency CARE. He was their director of external relations.