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Ryan, Colleen

Editor, Journalist and Print Journalist


Colleen is a former Washington correspondent for the Australian Financial Review (1996-1998) and was editor of the newspaper from 1998-2002. After completing a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Colleen joined Arthur Andersen as an accountant. However, she was clearly destined for a life in the media and joined the AFR as a business writer just one year later. This marked the beginning of a distinguished media career stretching over three decades.


Collen Ryan has achieved a number of remarkable positions throughout her career including: Papua New Guinea correspondent of the AFR (1976-1978); assistant editor of 8 Days Magazine, London (1979-1980); editor of the AFR's Weekend Review (1980-1982); business editor of the National Times (1982-1986); and associate editor of the Sydney Morning Herald (1986-1996). Colleen's work has been recognised with numerous industry awards including: Gold Walkley Award for Journalism (2004); Walkley Award for Best Business Report (2004); Centenary Medal for Services to Journalism and Publishing (2003); Australian Journalist of the Year (1992); and the Walkley Award for Best News Report (1992). Colleen has also published one book Corporate Cannibals: The Taking of Fairfax (1992), co-authored with Glenn Burge.


c. 1975 -
Career in journalism active
Walkley Award (Print) - Best Feature, 'The Secret Society which sank Australia' - Highly Commended - The Sydney Morning Herald - Fairfax (with Deborah Light and Paul McGeogh)
Walkley Award (Print) - Best Coverage of a Current Story (Print) - 'Spot of Bother Over at A' - The Sydney Morning Herald - Fairfax (withKate McClymont)

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