Fleurieu journalist Casey Treloar has been named a joint winner of the SA Press Club's Young Journalist of the Year for 2021.
Ms Treloar, who is from Waitpinga and works for the Seven Network, received the award alongside fellow journalist Stephanie Richards, from InDaily/Solstice Media.
The 28-year-old won the gong for a body of three stories she was proud of: one about a young Adelaide veterinarian and the suicide rates of young Australian veterinarians; another about a Port Lincoln woman who defied the odds to beat breast cancer and have a second child; and the final one about the tragic drowning of a boy on a school trip on Yorke Peninsula.
The judges were impressed with the stories and rewarded Ms Treloar for her efforts with the award - something she was not expecting.
"It was a whole host of emotions - certainly happiness and shock - but also I was very proud to have won such an award and be able to represent our colleagues as well, represent Channel 7," she said.
"This is a huge honour. I mean, if you look back to the previous award winners, they've gone on and done amazing things.
"They're all now foreign correspondents for some of the biggest networks here in Australia, so it's almost a little bit intimidating to think what an award like this can lead to.
"To share the award with a journalist like Steph from InDaily, I mean, her body of work was just absolutely outstanding, so to share an accolade like that with a really talented journalist like her is really an honour."
She said she loved being able to share stories, particularly about everyday people.
"Stories like this that I entered are stories of people that you wouldn't normally hear about, but they have incredible stories to tell," she said.
"When you have stories like that, that resonate with the readers or the viewers, I think that's what's really powerful about what we do as journalists.
Ms Treloar started her journalism career at the Port Lincoln Times, then joined the Stock Journal team, before shifting to Southern Cross Austereo in Port Lincoln, then moving to Adelaide to join the Seven Network.
"It's pretty cool to think that someone that grew up in the country, a little kid from a dairy farm, went on to cover the regional journalism jobs," she said.
"My advice to any young journo is to take any opportunity you can get because you never know where it will land you.
"I had no idea I would end up in television, but you've just got to work hard and take every opportunity you can get."