Staff and contributor bios


Editorial

Editor-in-chief
Editor-in-chief

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.

Deputy editor
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. 

Editor-at-large
Editor-at-large

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”.

News editor
News editor

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.

Arts & entertainment editor
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.”

Opinion editor
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.

Queer editor
Queer editor

Mike Hitch
Despite being born in our ‘bush capital’, Canberra, Mike is very much a city boy. Since moving to Sydney in 2017 to study journalism, Mike has been enthralled with the big smoke and its even bigger characters. Since taking the big leap, he has worked as the Scene Editor for the Sydney Star Observer, written news and features for the City Hub and has been a regular writer for international LGBTQI outlet, DNA magazine. A proud social justice warrior, Mike hopes to bring queer stories to the forefront and give everyone the voice they deserve.

Vegan editor
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.


Other creatives

Photographer

Ann-Marie Calilhanna
Bio coming soon.

Graphic designer

Robert Everett
Bio coming soon.


Publisher

Publisher

Sentinel Media
The Sydney Sentinel is published by:
Sentinel Media Pty Ltd
2/23 Foster Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
ACN 644 210 122