01 March 2016

Jack Waterford, Canberra Citizen of the Year, 2007

A self-proclaimed soldier in the battle of ideas, Jack Waterford was the Editor in Chief of the Canberra Times from 2001 until 2006 and is considered to be one of Australia’s finest journalists. He is passionate about increasing public accountability and has authored numerous books on issues including public administration, the High Court, freedom of expression, the Petrov Affair and Aboriginal health.
He was appointed Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland in 1999, reappointed in 2002, won the Graham Perkins Journalist of the Year Award in 1985 and received an AM in the 2007 Australia Day Honours List.
He has travelled throughout Australia as a reporter with Professor Fred Hollows raising national awareness of the poor health of many f the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and challenging Australia’s thoughts on contemporary Aboriginal issues.

Jack gives freely of his time as a speaker and is a true leader whose commitment to his profession, to Canberra, and the nation is outstanding. 
Further biographical detail about Jack Waterford is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.

Image source: 
Waterford, Jack. "Back in the Day" , 19 March 2013, on The Newspaper Works (website)