Surat Basin

Rebecca Brown - Group Editor, Surat Basin Publications

Rebecca Brown is Group Editor of the Surat Basin Publications, which includes papers at Chinchilla, Dalby, Roma, St George and Charleville. Bec has worked at various publications in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. When not working, she enjoys watching and playing netball, with her favourite teams being the Melbourne Vixens and the Australian Diamonds.

Derek Barry - Chief of Staff, Surat Basin Publications

Derek Barry is the Chief of Staff for Surat Basin publications and the editor of the Western Star, Roma. A few years back, Derek quit a lifetime of work in IT to join the giddy world of media. Derek has lived in Roma since December 2009 and is passionate about telling the story of Roma and wider South West Queensland region.

Dalby Herald

Gen Kennedy - Journalist

Gen Kennedy is the senior journalist at the Dalby Herald. After completing her studies at the University of Queensland, Gen moved to Dalby to start her journalism career in May 2011. Gen is the Dalby Herald court reporter and enjoys covering sport, agriculture and community stories. She is a keen sportswoman and can often be found on the touch football or soccer field.

Lisa Machin - Journalist

Lisa Machin is a journalist with the Dalby Herald and is also editor of the monthly mining publication Thirsty Work. She is enjoying the challenge of regional journalism and the sense of community that comes with working in a small town. Lisa has lived in Dalby since March and particularly enjoys telling people’s stories, finding the other side of an issue, and playing soccer for the Dalby Tigers.

Richard Coombs - Journalist

Richard has been a journalist at the Dalby Herald since August 2012. He moved to Roma’s Western Star for his first journalism job in December 2011 and has also spend time in the newsrooms at the Balonne Beacon in St George and the Western Times in Charleville. Although born and bred in the city, he is lapping up the country lifestyle and enjoys getting neck deep in the issues affecting the local community.

Western Star

Rebecca George - Journalist

Rebecca George has been working for the Western Star since February 2012. Born in England and raised in Brisbane, she had never been further west than Toowoomba before getting the job in Roma. But since moving out west she’s found she loves the country life and working for a paper which is all about reporting local news for the community.

Ben Hagemann - Journalist

Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, Ben has a strong trades background in domestic and mining construction. When the Global Financial Crisis suddenly left him unemployed and broke, he decided to return to university to attain qualifications in journalism, a career path he had wanted to follow since reading the works of Hunter S. Thompson as an impressionable teenager. Ben’s main interests lie in public-interest journalism and creative culinary writing, the latter being a self-destructive hangover from his university days when he used to earn his beer money through cookery.

Alasdair Young - Journalist

Alasdair Young is based in Charleville and is keen to make his mark in south-west Queensland as he begins his career at 22. Born in the UK but raised around Australia, he was educated in South Brisbane before completing his studies at Griffith University in 2012. Alasdair enjoys the work and hopes to bring a sharp, forward-thinking focus to the Times over the coming year. Alasdair was driven into journalism by a desire to promote a healthy public discussion of important issues.

Chinchilla News

Harry Clarke - Journalist

Harry Clarke grew up in Chinchilla and is glad to be back home doing what he loves, telling yarns. When he is not out and about taking pictures he loves nothing more than to unwind with a cold beer and his guitar. Harry is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Jill Poulsen - Senior Journalist

Jill Poulsen has lived in Chinchilla for a little over 12 months. She grew up in country towns all over Queensland and after living overseas and in Brisbane is enjoying being a part of Chinchilla’s close-knit community. Jill has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Balonne Beacon

Lyndon Keane - Journalist

As the sole journalist for the Balonne Beacon, Lyndon Keane is a jack of all trades and a master of none. In addition to taking joy from antagonising the establishment with hard-hitting journalism, he has a fondness for triple-shot lattes and cupcakes. And cheesecakes. Actually, if it has caffeine or icing, he's sold.

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