Respected WA political journalist appointed as Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 15-12-2010

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Peter Kennedy, one of Australia's most respected political journalists will join The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle School of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

Mr Kennedy, who is a graduate of the University of WA, began his career as a high school teacher and lecturer in economics. He joined The West Australian as a journalist in 1970. He moved to The Sydney Morning Herald in 1977 as the paper's state political correspondent and later in the Canberra Press Gallery as chief of staff. He eventually returned to Perth and, the West, in 1985.

He joined the ABC in 1990 where he has worked until his recent retirement. Mr Kennedy’s experience includes all forms of journalism, including print, television, radio and online. He has received many awards during his career, including the coveted Clarion Prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in Journalism.

Acting Dean, Associate Professor Deborah Gare, said Mr Kennedy’s appointment as Adjunct Professor in Communications and Media was a fantastic opportunity for Notre Dame students.

“This will be a remarkable opportunity for students and staff at Notre Dame to learn from one of the industry’s true greats. Peter will bring enormous talent and unique perspective to such programs in the School as journalism, politics and history.

“He is respected nationally for the tireless work he has undertaken over the past forty years. We look forward to being part of his future and wish him all the best on his appointment to the School.”

Mr Kennedy said his new role would be both challenging and exciting.

"Notre Dame has quickly established a reputation for teaching excellence and producing quality graduates across the board," he said. "It will be my aim to reinforce that reputation, and enhance it at every opportunity."

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