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.

Andrew Drummond, Editor

As Editor, Andy has overall responsibility for AAP’s daily output, ensuring it meets the highest editorial and ethical standards. After completing a newspaper cadetship in rural NSW and spending a handful of years at regional mastheads including the Illawarra Mercury, Andy started with AAP in Sydney in 2007. From Sydney he spent a few years flying the AAP flag in London as a UK-based European correspondent, returning to Australia in early 2013. Reporting positions in Canberra's press gallery and AAP's one-person Hobart bureau preceded Andy's promotion to bureau chief of the newswire's Melbourne operation. In December 2019 Andy became AAP Editor, based in Sydney.

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.

Peter Trute, AAP FactCheck Editor

Peter has worked in the Australian media for more than 20 years in roles covering general news, science, the environment and business. He was a senior writer for AAP’s National Bureau, covering major news events around the country and overseas, before becoming AAP's Finance Editor to lead coverage of local and international business news. He was appointed as AAP FactCheck Editor in August, 2019, following on from founding editor Louise Evans. Peter is an experienced journalist who is committed to AAP’s core principles of accuracy, impartiality and fairness.

James Lane, AAP FactCheck Deputy Editor

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 late 1990s/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.

William Ton, AAP FactCheck Journalist

William has worked as a journalist at a number of media outlets in Australia and overseas including The Age, SBS Radio, ABC News, RMIT ABC Fact Check, and Metro TV Indonesia before joining AAP. Together with his fellow RMIT journalism colleagues, William won the 2017 Ossie Award for Best Innovation in Journalism in the undergraduate or postgraduate category from the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia. He is fluent in Vietnamese and speaks some Indonesian.

Callum Godde, AAP FactCheck Journalist

Callum joined Australian Associated Press in 2017 after more than two years with AAP subsidiary Pagemasters in Melbourne. He completed a Bachelor of Journalism (Sport) at La Trobe University in 2014 before working with News Corp Australia and as a freelancer, covering major events including the Australian Open and Australian Grand Prix. Since joining AAP, Callum has reported on general news, sport, horse racing, finance, arts and entertainment.