Staff and contributor bios



Peter Hackney
A Queenslander by birth but Sydneysider by choice, Peter loves Sydney for its beauty, energy and diversity. He especially loves the many colourful characters of the Emerald City. The founding editor of the Sydney Sentinel, Peter has previously been editor of City News, the Sydney Star Observer and SX in Sydney, as well as QNews and Queensland Pride in Brisbane. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including titles by Fairfax, APN News & Media, Pacific Magazines, Australian Community Media and the Alternative Media Group of Australia. Currently, his favourite part of Sydney is Chinatown – although that’s liable to change with little to no notice, much like the incredible city we live in.
Photo by Ann-Marie Calilhanna.

<strong>Deputy editor</strong>
Deputy editor

Richie Black
Richie is a Sydney-based writer, part-time muse and strolling purveyor of magical beans. As a journalist, he has contributed to publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Star Observer and The Brag. His fiction has been performed at venues such as the Old 505 and New Theatre, published in anthologies (most recently in Monash University’s Verge) and won him the 2016 AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild Award) for Best Radio Play. He also co-wrote and performed in the web series Toxic Kiss presents: Achtung, Mein Kunst. He is fully house-trained. 


Gary Nunn
Gary Nunn moved to Sydney from London in 2012 craving sunshine, but he discovered much more: impressive theatre, colourful characters and surprising, hidden communities embedded within a shimmering city. Gary specialises in writing human interest features, but also writes news, interviews, long form features and op-eds for newspapers and magazines
in Australia, the UK and the US. In the UK, he was a regular columnist for The Guardian and he was previously the features journalist for BBC Australia. Now, as a freelance journalist, Gary writes for the ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, The Australian Women’s Weekly – and the Sydney Sentinel. He was shortlisted for the Journalist of the Year Award at the 2019 LGBTI Awards and the Media Award at the 2019 ACON Honour Awards. Gary is a Walkleys Our Watch Fellow – in 2019, he completed a scholarship devised for “13 outstanding journalists to promote better media coverage of violence against women in Australia”.

<strong>Associate editor and special writer</strong>
Associate editor and special writer

John Moyle
A Kings Cross resident for more than 40 years, John Moyle has his finger on the pulse of Sydney in a way other journos can only dream of. A longstanding journalist, sub-editor, activist and former record label bigwig, John is well established and well respected. Formerly a sub at Australian Associated Press (AAP), John’s previous experience includes stints as editor of City Hub and a long association with Regular Records – the dearly departed record label which was home to iconic acts such as Icehouse, Mental As Anything, The Cockroaches, The Reels and Kate Ceberano. An enormously well-connected journalist, John knows Sydney and its movers and shakers like the back of his hand.

<strong>News editor</strong>
News editor

Tileah Dobson
Born in Penrith and raised in the quaint town of Warragamba, Tileah is currently a student at Western Sydney University, where she is studying for a Bachelor of Creative Industries. Tileah decided to become a journalist when she realised two things – she loves to write and she loves to keep up to date with the news. Why not combine them make a career out of it? New to journalism, she’s keen to make her mark and deliver stories in her unique outlook on life. When she’s not spending her time writing and chasing stories, you can usually find her gaming or cooking up something delicious to eat. A member of the LGBTQ community, she’s also a self-proclaimed cat lady and enjoys a good meme or two. An avid lover of the Sims games, she is way too obsessed with 2D characters to hold a relationship. A Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff tendencies.

<strong>Features editor </strong>
Features editor

Travis de Jonk
Editor, journalist, photographer and digital content producer, Travis de Jonk is a communications professional with 15 years’ experience working across online, broadcast and print media sectors. A voracious culture vulture with extensive knowledge of – and passion for – the arts, entertainment, politics and pop culture, his notable roles include state editor for, co-producer and presenter on JOY 94.9’s Hide & Seek, executive producer of industry recognised film show 25 Frames for Channel 31 Melbourne and producer of the Sentinel Speakeasy, the official podcast of the Sydney Sentinel. Born in Dubai with a worldly cultural mix of Portuguese, Sri Lankan, Dutch and English heritage, Travis is a well travelled Sydneysider who enjoys a passionate love affair with Sydney and its inspiring beauty, energy and people. He falls deeper in love with the city every day. 

<strong>Arts & entertainment editor</strong>
Arts & entertainment editor

Rita Bratovich
Like many wordsmiths, Rita has been a writer all her life, although professionally only in the last five or so years. It comes naturally to her, although she confesses to fussing a lot over her copy. Her published work has included website content, newsletters, profiles, feature articles, media releases and other marketing material, reports, social media copy – all the major forms of content. She’s written about arts and entertainment, current affairs, social issues, the LGBTQI community, small business and lifestyle. Apart from professional writing, she enjoys writing poetry, children’s stories, song lyrics and speeches. Rita believes Sydney is akin to a big theme park with lots of different ‘lands’ to escape to: beaches, big city, rivers, parks, mountains. “I love our incredible festivals, cultural offerings, good food and impressive diversity,” she enthuses. “Sydneysiders love life. The Sydney Sentinel is here to prove it.”

<strong>Opinion editor</strong>
Opinion editor

Sunny Grace
Born in Adelaide and raised in the wilds of Bellingen by a tribe of hippies, Sunny fell in love with Sydney at the age of fifteen and never wanted to leave. Ten years later she achieved that dream and apart from a stray few years in Byron Bay, she has called it home.  Sunny completed a Masters in Performance Writing at the NIDA in 2016. She directed, produced and wrote the award winning short film Trigger Happy. Her screenplay, The Bower Girl, was long listed for AWG Insite award.  Her play, The Angelica Complex, premiered at The Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney in 2016.  She was awarded The Rex Cramphorn Artist in Residency at Sydney University.  Her passion is working with like-minded collaborators telling original and compelling stories about our shared humanity, equality and the environment.  
Photo by Travis Grace.

<strong>Vegan editor</strong>
Vegan editor

Elizabeth Usher
Sydney born and raised, Elizabeth has lived in the harbour city all her life except for a brief stint in the UK studying Natural Sciences in the late nineties – during which time she became vegetarian and then vegan. Elizabeth ultimately returned to her beloved home city in 1999 wanting to be an animal rights activist instead of a physicist. After close to twenty years working for non-profits and a vegan business, she is now focused full time on songwriting, having won multiple awards for her songs and music videos on both her Veganthused and UKEnTHUSED projects. Elizabeth’s other writings have been seen in publications such as The ScavengerPlant Powered Women and Release, as well as her book of poetry from 2004: The VOCAL Project: a Vision Of Compassion for All Life. She’s excited to be part of the Sentinel team to shine a light on the thriving local vegan scene. 
Photo by Nadine Saacks.

<strong>Music writer</strong>
Music writer

Danny Waterson
Sydney born and bred, Danny began his foray into entertainment at a young age, meeting celebrities and appearing live on television with Kylie Minogue on Channel 7’s Saturday Morning Live. While he should have been in school, he was instead harassing pop stars at Channel 7 Sydney for the next few years. Danny completed a Diploma in Television and Diploma in Journalism while also having a career in management and administration with 20th Century Fox, ABC Radio, the Seven Network and 2SER. From 2003, he was the entertainment editor for SX National – and continues to harass and interrogate pop stars to this day. Danny’s specialises in pop culture from the 1980s to the present day but his music industry knowledge and experience is vast, covering artists and eras of all kinds.



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