About Melissa Davey
For several years Melissa Davey has been Guardian Australia's Melbourne Bureau Chief, also covering general and breaking news, child sexual abuse, family violence, medicine, social justice issues and Cardinal George Pell. She won a Walkley Award in 2019 in the Women in Leadership category for her investigation into disgraced gynaecologist Emil Shawky Gayed.
The podcast series 'The Reckoning', which she collaborates on with David Marr and Miles Martignoni, won two New York Festival awards and was nominated for a Walkley.
Melissa has appeared on ABC News breakfast, is a regular guest on Triple J Hack, and also speaks about her work for other ABC programs including The Drum. She frequently appears on BBC World News, and commercial radio in Australia and overseas. Previously she has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, and News Ltd.
She has been nominated for four Walkley awards, two Quill awards, and has won awards for 'The Reckoning'. She has also won awards from medical bodies like the Victor Chang Institute and the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for her work reporting on rheumatic heart disease in Aboriginal kids, and for her investigation on the unstopped brutality of gynaecologist Emil Shawky Gayed. Her investigation into Gayed triggered a government inquiry. She is an established medical reporter.
Melissa also does consulting work for GenVic, Our Watch, Mindframe and Vic Health on the issues of gender equality, family violence and mental health and the portrayal of these issues in the media. She also conducts guest lectures and appears on panels and at festivals. As well as a double degree in journalism and terrorism she has studied units in medical law, epidemiology and biostatistics.