Combining authoritative journalism and sharp-eyed analysis with emotive broadcasting, Gerard Whateley has established a unique voice in the coverage of sport in Australia across all mediums.
His place at the forefront of the profession was confirmed with the industry’s peak individual honour for the coverage of sport at the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards in consecutive years 2009 and 2010. In 2013 Gerard was again awarded the Australian Sports Commission’s Most Outstanding Coverage of Sport by an Individual for his work in both radio and TV.
Gerard spearheads the Melbourne arm of ABC Grandstand, leading the acclaimed AFL coverage and is the seventh man to call the Melbourne Cup for the national broadcaster. His versatility ranges from broadcasting golf and tennis to World Cup football qualifiers and the Stawell Gift.
On television, his leadership has seen ABC1’s flagship sport program Offsiders continue to grow while on Fox Sports he hosts the agenda analysing program AFL360 and is a regular contributor as part of their AFL coverage.
Gerard began his career in journalism with a cadetship at Melbourne’s Herald Sun and joined the ABC full-time in 2004 after regular stints with the Grandstand team under Tim Lane. He has twice been named the Australian Football Media Association’s Most Outstanding Radio Caller and in 2011 had the honour and responsibility of conducting the on-stage interview with returning Tour de France champion Cadel Evans at the official homecoming at Federation Square.
In 2012 Gerard embarked upon what is sure to be a long and distinguished publishing career with the launch of his very own account of the Black Caviar phenomenon – Black Caviar, The Horse of a Lifetime. The book was re-released in 2013 and remains firmly entrenched near the top of the best-sellers lists.
Alf Brown Award for outstanding journalistic work – Australian Football Media Association Awards
Most outstanding radio caller – Australian Football Media Association Awards
Most outstanding television/online program award – Australian Football Media Association Awards
Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport by an Individual (Radio) – Australian Sports Commission Media Awards
Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport by an Individual (Television) – Australian Sports Commission Media Awards
Black Caviar: The Horse of a Lifetime, published by ABC books
Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport by an Individual – Australian Sports Commission Media Awards
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