10 Dec 2012
Herald sportswriter and AUT journalism graduate Dana Johannsen has been named supreme journalist of the year at the 2012 Sir Terry McLean Sports Journalism Awards.
In addition to the top prize, Johannsen’s strong writing and sleuthing skills also earned her the awards for best sports news reporting and best sports feature writing.
Work which garnered praise from the judges included a features series (The Knock on Effect) on the risks from concussion in contact sports, eating disorders among elite netballers and a piece on Temepara George’s final training session as a professional netballer.
Her news portfolio included a scoop on a New Zealand sailor being sacked from the crew of the around-the-world yacht Abu Dhabi, an interview of Sir Russell Coutts in which he admits to making a mistake when he chose the class for the next America’s Cup and an expose on how Yachting New Zealand kept its Olympic selection criteria a secret.
Johannsen completed her Bachelor of Communication Studies (journalism major) in 2003.
Stories by Dana Johannsen
The Knock on Effect
Netball: Pressure builds on eating disorders
Netball: Legend still strives for one last title
Kiwi leaves ocean yacht-race after fall-out
Yachting: Coutts admits big cat a mistake
Yachting: Yachting NZ keeps Olympic rule secret