The West s Steve Pennells among Walkley finalists
Steve Pennells. Picture: The West Australian

The West Australian’s reporter Steve Pennells has received more individual nominations than any other journalist for Australia’s most prestigious journalism awards.

He has been named a finalist in three categories for the 57th annual Walkley Awards.

Pennells’ nominations in the print news report and best scoop of the year categories are for a series of exclusive stories on the family feud between Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, and her three estranged children.

He is also nominated in the social equity journalism category for his reports on the heartbreaking stories of the families left behind after June’s asylum boat tragedy.

Pennells has won the social equity journalism award twice, in 2006 and 2009, for stories on the appalling living conditions in Halls Creek and the plight of survivors and families of the victims of the 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

Last year, Pennells took out every print award at the United National Association of Australia Media Peace Awards as well as a photojournalism award.

The winners will be announced on November 30.

The West Australian

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