Lucy Knight is one of Australia’s most respected rural journalists, currently working as a freelance reporter, columnist and media consultant from her home in the NSW Southern Tablelands. For more than a decade Lucy has reported on some of the biggest rural stories facing Australian farmers, including property rights, water reform, live exports, climate change, foreign ownership, food security, land clearing and the AWB oil-for-food scandal.

Lucy Knight (nee Skuthorp) grew up on the black soil plains of North West NSW. She worked for Rural Press for 10 years, first as a country-based reporter in Dubbo and Toowoomba before moving into state politics for The Land newspaper in Sydney, followed by three and a half years in the Canberra Press Gallery filing for the company’s six rural weeklies, read by more than 80 per cent of the nation’s farmers.

Lucy has a communications degree majoring in print journalism and politics from Charles Sturt University Bathurst. Lucy has provided regular rural updates for Sky News and 2WEB Outback radio, as well as the Fairfax radio network. As a freelance rural reporter, Lucy has been commissioned to file for ABC Rural and various rural magazines.

Lucy is a three-time winner of the prestigious Mackellar Media Award for excellence in the reporting of rural issues and has twice won the NSW division of the Alltech prize for young rural journalists. In 2009 she was selected by the Danish embassy for a study tour of Danish farms to investigate the integration of renewable energy into modern Danish agriculture and agribusiness.

recent blog posts
07/12/11 - Water wasted in ‘trial and error’ reforms

Lucy Knight speaks with Ray Hadley about the problems with the Murray-Darling Basin plan. Click here to listen to the interview.

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01/12/11 - Farmers had enough as reform fatigue takes hold

AFTER almost 18 years of water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, irrigators are tired. This week’s launch of the draft Murray Darling Basin plan is not the start of certainty for irrigators, but a further eight years of instability and battling with governments over water use. It’s on the back of nearly two decades of [...]

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21/10/11 - Independents have missed their rural opportunity

While we hoped these rural independents might just make a difference to rural representation politically, instead we are now despairing at what has so far been a missed opportunity.

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