Illawarra Mercury
Kate McIlwain
Kate McIlwain

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

Federal Election
Illawarra Greens buoyant as minor parties increase their share
Kate McIlwain, Connor Pearce
Vote growth: Greens candidates Dylan Green (centre) and Jamie Dixon (right) celebrate the party's gain in vote share. Picture: Anna Warr