FactCheck team

Restoring confidence in public statements by independently testing and verifying the facts

Tony Gillies, Editor-in-Chief

Tony Gillies joined AAP as Editor-in-Chief in January 2004, having spent 25 years in various editing and group roles with Rural Press, Fairfax and News Limited. Tony was appointed with a mandate to bring the news agency closer to its subscribers and aid them in their transition into the digital era. Under his leadership AAP has become a multi-media agency: reporters take photos, capture audio and shoot video, photographers shoot video, video journalists produce features, while artists lead the way on interactive graphics. In addition to editorial responsibility Tony has had full revenue accountability for the AAP Newswire since 2008. He believes AAP’s eight decades of providing fast, unbiased content makes it an ideal environment for AAP FactCheck to flourish.

Mike Osborne, Editor

As Editor, Mike has overall responsibility for AAP’s daily output, ensuring it meets the highest editorial and ethical standards. Mike was appointed Editor in 2008, after 25 years with the newswire working as a reporter and subeditor across news, sport and finance. His time in the field included two stints as a foreign correspondent in Europe and China, before becoming Finance Editor, News Editor and then Head of Sport. He fell in love with reporting at Queensland University, where he completed a double major in journalism. He has covered six Olympics, leading the AAP teams at the Athens, Beijing and London Games.

Jo Williamson, Deputy Editor

Jo has been with AAP for 25 years. She’s a proven newsroom leader who is responsible for coordinating AAP’s breaking news and multimedia coverage of major events, such as elections and royal and papal visits. Jo is committed to improving how AAP delivers its news to meet ever-changing audience expectations. She has been instrumental in transforming newsroom practices and guiding our team through those changes, while developing the next generation of AAP journalists. A graduate of the University of Queensland, Jo’s career has taken her to Charters Towers in northern Queensland, to Orange in NSW, then to AAP where her roles have included broadcast editor, Melbourne bureau chief, news editor, and deputy editor. Jo is responsible for the team of producers who perform the final sub-edit of AAP FactCheck content before it is published.

Holly Nott, Special Events Editor

Holly joined AAP as a subeditor during the Sydney Olympics and quickly moved into general reporting, before progressing to bureau chief roles – first in Perth, then Sydney. Holly has since managed AAP’s graphics, video and photographic operations, and various special projects. She now plans and executes AAP’s special event coverage, coordinating high-quality, comprehensive and flexible content from some of the world’s biggest events, such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. Recently, Holly was appointed to the AAP Standards Committee, overseeing editorial standards and advising on matters of ethics and internal policy. As AAP FactCheck’s project manager, Holly helped establish the foundations of this important new unit.

Louise Evans OAM, AAP FactCheck Editor

Louise Evans OAM is a journalist, author and documentary maker who has worked around Australia and around the world as a reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and executive for media companies including Australian Associated Press (five years), The Sydney Morning Herald (eight years) and The Australian (11 years). She's now the Communications Director and Mentor for Women Sport Australia, the peak national advocacy body for women in sport. Louise is also the author of the Australian war-time book Passage to Pusan - which was turned onto a documentary of the same name. Her contribution to sports reporting was recognised with Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2019.

James Lane, AAP FactCheck Journalist

James joined AAP in 1999 after several years working as a journalist for newspapers in the NSW Hunter Valley and a stint freelance writing in London. He helped establish AAP's digital operations during the early 2000s before becoming Sydney bureau deputy editor and later moving into roles in news production and features. James was also part of a three-year project to improve AAP's editorial, news, data and content delivery systems.

Tiffanie Turnbull, AAP FactCheck Journalist

Tiffanie is a freelance journalist and producer who has worked with several media outlets including the ABC, Nine Network, AAP and Rappler across multiple platforms. Tiffanie's passion for storytelling has taken her to Gallipoli, the Western Front, Jakarta and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She graduated with distinction and a minor in Japanese from the Queensland University of Technology.