John Laws recognised for Lifetime Achievement at Kennedy Awards

2SM’s John Laws has received the 2021 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Kennedy Award.

The NRMA Kennedy Awards celebrate journalism in NSW.

Kennedy Foundation chairman Mr Rocco Fazzari said more than 100 nominees from a crack field of entries were judged to finally decide winners in the 2021 NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

In his acceptance speech laws said he never intended to be a radio announcer but “was lucky enough to fall into radio and I’ve just loved it.”

He began his career at 3BO Bendigo 68 years ago, and he is now heard every weekday morning on 2SM and on SuperNetwork regional stations.

Channel 7 caught his acceptance speech at the awards last Thursday evening.



Full list of all winners:


The Les Kennedy Award Outstanding Crime Reporting

Kyle Taylor, Elise Worthington – Four Corners, ABC TV



The Paul Lockyer Award Outstanding Regional Broadcast Journalism

Liz Hayes, Gareth Harvey, Natalie Clancy – 60 Minutes, 9


The Chris Watson Award – Outstanding Regional Newspaper Journalism

Ciara Bastow – The Lithgow Mercury


 The Sean Flannery Award Outstanding Radio Journalism

Alex Mann, Kevin Nguyen – Background Briefing, ABC


Outstanding Podcast

Angus Grigg, Lap Phan – The Australian Financial Review


The Rod Allen Award Racing Writer of the Year

Damien Ractliffe – The Age


Outstanding News Photo

Louise Kennerley – The Sydney Morning Herald


Outstanding Portrait

John Appleyard – The Wentworth Courier


Outstanding Sport Photo

Chris Hyde – Getty Images


Power of the Lens People’s Choice

Dallas Kilponen


Outstanding Online Video


The Vince O’Farrell Award Outstanding Illustration/Cartoon

Cathy Wilcox – The Sydney Morning Herald


 The Cliff Neville Award Outstanding Team Player

Phil Williams ABC


The Peter Frilingos Award Outstanding Sports Reporting

Peter Badel, Travis Meyn, Robert Craddock – The Courier Mail


Young Journalist of the Year

Natassia Chrysanthos – The Sydney Morning Herald


 Outstanding Travel Writing

John Borthwick – The Weekend Australian


Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

John Laws 2SM


The John Newfong Award Outstanding Indigenous Affairs Journalism

Fiona Harari – The Weekend Australian


The Gary Ticehurst Award Outstanding TV Camera Work

Andrew Taylor – ABC


The Mike Willesee Award Outstanding Nightly Current Affairs

Sharri Markson – Sky News


Outstanding Long Form Current Affairs

Peta Credlin – Sky News


The Peter Ruehl Award Outstanding Columnist

Will Swanton – The Australian


Outstanding Finance Reporting

Michael Roddan, Australian Financial Review

Outstanding Consumer Affairs Reporting

Calliste Weitenberg, Elise Potaka & The Feed team – SBS


Outstanding Online News Breaking

Lucy Cormack, Kate McClymont – The Sydney Morning Herald


Outstanding Reporting on the Environment

Andy Park, Alex McDonald, Fred Shaw – 7.30, ABC TV


The Rebecca Wilson Award Scoop of the Year

Samantha Maiden –


Outstanding Investigative Journalism

Samantha Maiden –


The Jim Oram Award Outstanding Feature Writing

Kathy Marks – The Weekend Australian


Outstanding Political Reporting

Samantha Maiden


The Tom Krause Award Outstanding Foreign Correspondent

Amelia Adams – 9 News


The Kennedy Prize – Journalist of the Year

Samantha Maiden –

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