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Gerard Whateley

Combining authoritative journalism and a keen analytical ability with emotive broadcasting, Gerard Whateley has established a unique voice in the coverage of sport in Australia.Gerard spearheads the Melbourne end of Grandstand...

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Gerard Whateley's Biography

Combining authoritative journalism and a keen analytical ability with emotive broadcasting, Gerard Whateley has established a unique voice in the coverage of sport in Australia.


Gerard spearheads the Melbourne end of Grandstand Sport through events ranging from the Melbourne Cup to the Stawell Gift, the AFL season to the A-League and Australian Open Tennis to Australian Masters Golf.

Gerard pulls together the agenda opposite Barrie Cassidy on ABC1’s flagship sport program Offsiders. In 2009, Gerard was honoured at the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards for the Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport by an Individual, adding to numerous awards for his reporting and broadcasting of both AFL and horse racing.

Gerard began his career in journalism with Australia's biggest selling daily newspaper The Herald Sun. His cadetship included stints in police rounds, courts and state politics. Gerard assumed the role as the paper's movie writer, then editor of HIT magazine, a role that included interviewing movie stars including Stephen Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gerard went on to pursue his passion in sport by writing regular in-depth features gaining access to the likes of Wayne Carey, Greg Norman, Damien Oliver and Jacques Villeneuve, as well as covering football as the “second job” for the Sunday Herald Sun.

His work in this field led to an approach from Channel Ten in 1999 to take the job as the network's Senior Sport Reporter, covering breaking stories in the ultra competitive AFL scene and horse racing. At the completion of his first year he was named the Young Journalist of the Year at the Melbourne Press Club's prestigious Quill Awards and also named the Network Ten Young Achiever of the Year from a nationwide employee nomination pool.

Three years on Gerard accepted the chief reporter's position at Seven News, winning the Quill Award for the Most Outstanding News Report for an investigation that revealed a wanted US criminal had lied to enter Australia to win a Melbourne radio station's Valentine's Day competition.

Soon after, Channel Ten reclaimed Gerard's services to be a foundation member of the network's AFL commentary team. At the same time he joined ABC Radio’s AFL team and in his inaugural year calling football was named the Australian Football Media Association's Most Outstanding Radio Caller, following in the footsteps of Tim Lane, a feat repeated in 2009.

With a talent for breaking significant stories, Gerard earned a reputation for authority and accuracy, enhanced at the 2000 Olympics, breaking a series of stories surrounding the drug used by competing weightlifters.

In 2001 Gerard accepted the Chief Reporter’s position at Seven News, winning the Quill Award for the Most Outstanding News Report for an investigation that revealed a wanted US criminal had lied to gain entry into Australia to win a Melbourne radio station’s Valentine’s Day competition.

Having been a regular voice on the national broadcaster for a couple of years, Gerard joined the ABC full-time in September 2004 to fulfill a childhood dream of broadcasting a wide variety of sports. Adding race calling to his repertoire, Gerard became the seventh man to call the Melbourne Cup for the ABC dating back to 1925. His inaugural Cup was Bart Cummings’ 12th when Viewed saluted in the tightest finish in the history of the race.

Throughout this time Gerard’s horse racing work in print, radio and television was rewarded with numerous awards including the 2004 Cox Plate Story of the Year for the ABC.

In 2007, Gerard was named the ABC Sports Broadcaster of the Year.