The YEN awards celebrate the achievements of young women 35 years and under, who are making a difference across a range of industries.
SBS Director of News and Current Affairs Paul Cutler congratulated Sophie for the awards and said it was further recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian journalism.
“We are very lucky to have a journalist with her bravery and nose for a story working for Dateline,’ he said.
“At 23, Sophie has already made a significant impact because of her fearless reporting of difficult issues in dangerous parts of the world. While working for Dateline, she has covered stories in some of the more challenging parts of the world,” Mr Cutler said.
“Sophie has covered stories about fighting inside a refugee camp (The Siege of Nahr el-Bared), the plight of Israel’s Arab population (Offside in Israel) and the in-fighting that’s devastating the Palestinian territories (Palestine: Divided, It Falls,)” he said.
Sophie was awarded the prestigious Young Australian Journalist of the Year for her story Palestine: Divided, It Falls by the Walkley Foundation.
SBS Journalists, including Dateline Video Journalists Ginny Stein (and her fixer ‘D’) and John Martinkus, have been nominated for Australia’s peak journalism awards – The Walkleys. Living Black Video Journalist Emma Cook has also been nominated for her stories ‘Community Voices’.
SBS is broadcasting the Walkley Awards at the Crown Casino in Melbourne on 27 November. The award night will be presented by SBS Newsreaders Anton Enus and Janice Peterson. Sophie McNeill will also be presenting a number of Walkley Awards.