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James Campbell is the national politics editor at the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne and a regular commentator on Sky News Australia. He has also written for The Age, The Times newspaper in London, The Punch website, The Spectator and the Institute of Public Affairs Review.[1] He also reported for the BBC on the 2013 Australian federal election.[2]

James Campbell
Alma materMelbourne Grammar School

Early life and careerEdit

He attended Melbourne Grammar School.[3] In the 1980s, he also appeared as an extra in long-running Australian television series Neighbours and alongside Dame Joan Sutherland in an Australian production of the opera Lucia di Lammermoor.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Campbell worked as a Liberal staffer, advising Helen Shardey, the Victorian Shadow Minister for Health at the time.[4]


In 2010, Campbell won the Grant Hattam Quill Award for Investigative Journalism in any Medium from the Melbourne Press Club for a story about the conduct of the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Rapke that led to his resignation.[5]

In 2013, he became the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun's political editor and broke a story based on secret tapes discussing highly sensitive political matters that he says led to the sudden resignation of Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.[6] Campbell subsequently won the 2013 Monash University Gold Quill and the Walkley Foundation's 2013 "Scoop of the Year" for the story.[7][8]


  1. ^ Campbell, James. "In defence of David Cameron" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Australian election: Gaffes, greed and giant ballot papers". BBC. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Don't believe the lies. What's at stake for rail workers?". Red Flag. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ Campbell, James (16 April 2007). "Pike has let us all down". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  5. ^ Grant Hattam Quill Award for Investigative Journalism in any Medium: James Campbell, Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne Press Club, 2010, archived from the original on 6 April 2012
  6. ^ Caldwell, Alison (7 March 2013). "Journalist who broke secret police tapes story says it was a catalyst for change". The ABC. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "James Campbell awarded the Gold Quill". Monash University. 24 March 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ "James Campbell – Scoop of the Year". 2013. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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