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The Valley Profile reporter Kelley Tantau gets pulled up to dance while covering the Beach Hop Warm Up Party in Waihi. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Profile reporter Kelley Tantau named awards finalist

Valley Profile senior reporter Kelley Tantau has been named a Community Journalist of the Year finalist in the 2023 Voyager Media Awards.

Announced on Friday, Kelley was selected as a finalist alongside six other journalists from around New Zealand.

She was judged on her writing excellence, use of contacts and initiative, her articles’ newsworthiness and exclusivity, and their relevance to the community.

The annual media awards have celebrated excellence in New Zealand journalism since 1973 to encourage, showcase, and acknowledge the best of New Zealand’s news media across all platforms, culminating in a celebration of the winners in May.

Kelley started with the Valley Profile in November, 2020, after previously working for Stuff.

Editor Teresa Ramsey said it was a great achievement for Kelley, who worked hard to keep Profile readers informed with fair, balanced and accurate journalism.

“Kelley is an extremely talented and versatile journalist, who has represented our region with indepth investigations and reported our news with beautifully-written stories, photos and video.

“It’s fantastic for her to be recognised by our peers at a national level, which shows she is one of the best journalists in the country.”

This is The Profile’s second year of being nominated for The Voyager Media Awards.

Last year, the community newspaper – which also operates ‘The Coromandel App’ – was named finalist in the Community Newspaper of the Year and Editorial Leader of the Year categories.