Northern Territory

Meet your Northern Territory committee.

Convenor

Jill Poulsen

Jill Poulsen is the deputy editor of the NT News and editor of the Sunday Territorian. For the best part of a decade, she has been working as a journalist across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Before returning to Darwin at the start of this year, she was working as a senior journalist and columnist for The Courier-Mail in Brisbane.

Poulsen completed a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland in 2010 and got her first job at the Chinchilla News.

She later joined News Corp as a journalist for the NT News, going on to become the paper’s head of news.

She said she has been lucky to be surrounded by strong female leaders in her time as a journalist and was thrilled to be part of the founding committee for WiM NT to help give back to the industry.

Committee Member

Kathleen Gazzola

Kathleen Gazzola was born and bred in Darwin. She’s a proud Territorian who loves fishing, camping and enjoying our relaxed lifestyle.

She first started working at Channel Nine as a 16-year-old in News Production before taking on the role of Studio Director the year after she graduated high school.

After leaving Darwin for three years to study Journalism, it was an easy decision to return home and take up a reporting role in the newsroom.

Gazzola became Chief of Staff aged 23 and has been reporting on politics since 2012.

She found her way into journalism by following in her father’s footsteps. Try as he might, Andrew Bruyn couldn’t dissuade her.

Now, Gazzola loves how different each day can be and the incredible people she meets.

She’s covered some of the Territory’s biggest stories, including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles’ visits to Darwin, the fourth coronial inquest into Azaria Chamberlain’s death and some of the Northern Territory’s most recent political scandals.

Gazzola loves Darwin’s sense of community, which makes it feel like a small town, its multiculturalism and its sense of self. There’s no place like it!

Committee Member

Kristy O’Brien

Born on Queensland’s Darling Downs, farm girl Kristy O’Brien, started her journalism career as a 16-year-old and has worked in almost every role in television and digital journalism.

She fell in love with the remote beauty and people of Northern Australia when she moved to the Northern Territory’s Darwin newsroom in 2009 and now has put down firm roots in the region.

In 2018 she was named the South Australia/Northern Territory Rural Journalist of the Year and Best Television Broadcast Reporter for her coverage of agriculture and regional issues.

This followed her award for Best Current Affairs Journalist in the Northern Territory media awards in 2017.

O’Brien is also an accomplished documentary producer with a 2012 digital series called Cattle Scars about the fall out of the live cattle export trade to Indonesia.

She was named Screen Producers Australia’s ‘One to Watch’ for her documentary Tough Ride about the issue of brain injury among young people in regional Australia.

She’s produced and directed several international documentaries and in 2013, won the Australian International Documentary Conference Access Award which led to an internship working with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in London as an Assistant Producer.

Committee Member

Katie Woolf

Katie Woolf is a current affairs and talkback radio broadcaster on Darwin’s Mix 104.9. In this role she has been nominated for six Australian Commercial Radio Award’s, last year taking out the Brian White Award for Radio Journalism and Best Current Affairs Presenter in a provincial market.

She began her media career more than 15 years ago, producing talkback radio for the ABC.

Woolf has a degree in journalism and politics and has worked as a commercial radio news director, ministerial media adviser, TV presenter on Channel Ten and managed media and communications for government departments.

She’s a mad running enthusiast, a passionate advocate for men’s health after losing her Father to prostate cancer. She founded Run with Dad, a Father’s Day Fun Run which raises money and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health and is the Chair of Darwin’s it’s a Blokes Thing Lunch.

Committee Member

Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie Zillman is a Darwin-based reporter for the ABC, covering news and current affairs for radio, television and online.

She completed a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) at the University of Queensland and went on to complete a Diploma of Digital Content (Radio) at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

After a stint working in trade journals in Sydney, Zillman moved to the Northern Territory in 2014 to work at the Katherine Times.

She moved to the ABC Darwin bureau in 2015.

Her areas of particular interest include politics, policy and the environment.