There have been a lot of changes to the way we deliver local news, but one thing has stayed the same.

Our local journalists are committed to bringing you the news that matters and helping to make the Coast a better place to live.

We thought it was time you got to know us, so here's some more on your Sunshine Coast Daily team and how you can contact us.


Nadja Fleet


Nadja has been part of News for more than 13 years, working in the NT, SA and since February on the Sunshine Coast.

She was recognised as the NT's Young Journalist of the in 2011 and won the prestigious News Media Works Hegarty Scholarship for best young media executive in Australasia in 2019.

Nadja is excited to be part of the Daily's digital transition, which will allow journalism not only to survive but to thrive.

You can contact Nadja on or @NadjaFleet.


Stuart Cumming

Deputy Editor

Stuart started work as a cadet reporter at The Chronicle in Toowoomba in 2009 before moving to the Sunshine Coast Daily in 2015 to continue working as a reporter.

In March, 2019, he changed roles to become a sub-editor before being promoted to deputy editor in December of that year.

Stuart enjoys the variety of work and the challenges journalism presents.

You can contact Stuart on or call 5430 1043 or 0438 982 991.


Scott Sawyer


With a head like a foot and a voice that could cure insomnia, the written word was always going to be Scott's field of choice.

He joined the Daily in 2014 and has spent the best part of 20 years in the region. He's passionate about holding people to account and supporting the community, and those without a voice, through his work. Scott also enjoys cricket, it's just a shame the passion never translated into talent.

You can contact Scott on or @scottsawyer22.


Amber Hooker


Amber started her journalism career interning for the Daily in 2014, and went on to work in newsrooms in Emerald and Rockhampton before returning in 2018. Amber has a strong interest in business and development, but covers everything from breaking news to crime and council. When she's not on the job, you'll find her enjoying the region from the top of a mountain or a run along the river.

You can contact Amber on or @ARhooker.


Eden Boyd

Journalist/Digital Producer

Eden has been a journalist at the Sunshine Coast Daily since February 2019. She has a passion for writing human interest stories, reporting on issues that affect the region and has a keen interest in general news.

You can contact Eden on or @EdenBoyd14.


Ashley Carter

Journalist/Digital Producer

Ashley has been a journalist and digital producer at the Daily since 2018 after a stint in ABC News' national online newsroom. She is passionate about all things digital journalism and covers everything from breaking news to human interest stories and the environment.

You can contact Ashley on or @ashleyjcarter_.


Tegan Annett


Tegan has been a journalist at the Sunshine Coast Daily since April, 2020. She worked at the Gladstone Observer newspaper in Central Queensland for eight years, as a journalist and deputy editor. Tegan reports on business, development and local government.

You can contact Tegan on or @tegan_annett.


Matty Holdsworth


Matty has been a journalist at the Sunshine Coast Daily since September 2017. He worked at CQ News in Emerald as a cadet journalist and at the Morning Bulletin in Rockhampton as a journalist for two-and-a-half years.

He is interested in reporting on development, real estate, sport, health and human interest.

You can contact or @matty_scd.


Lacee Froeschl


Lacee joined the Daily in March 2019 as the community journalist for the Caloundra Weekly and Maroochy/Kawana Weekly. Lacee enjoys writing profile pieces about interesting people and businesses. She also focuses on local developments.

You can contact Lacee on or @froeschl_.


Tom Threadingham

Sport journalist

Tom joined the Sunshine Coast Daily team in 2017 after spending six years as a journalist and editor in the Lockyer Valley. Having grown up and played sport on the Coast, covering local sport at the Daily was a dream come true. He has a passion for all sport, big and small, and enjoys sharing all the news and views that comes with it.

You can contact Tom on


Felicity Riper

Court reporter

An interest in sociology and crime led Felicity into court reporting. She enjoys demonstrating how justice is served, exposing unfairness for victims and defendants, and shining a spotlight on the actions of judges, magistrates, police and lawyers.

You can contact Felicity on or @felicity_ripper.


Laura Pettigrew


Laura started as a community journalist for the Nambour Weekly and the Coolum and North Shore News in November 2019. Laura enjoys sharing the stories of everyday people, especially those who can't do so for themselves. She also focuses on court reporting.

You can contact Laura on or @LauraPettigrew8.


Lucy Rutherford

Crime reporter

Lucy graduated from the University of South Australia in 2018 and moved to Roma for her first journalism job. She quickly developed an interest in crime and later moved to the Sunshine Coast to be the Daily's crime and court reporter.

You can contact Lucy on


Matt Collins


Matt Collins is a journalist, radio host and podcaster based on the Sunshine Coast. His interviews are downloaded in over 100 countries around the world. As a journalist, Matt is focused on uncovering the "story beyond the story" and asking questions other journalists don't ask. When he's not writing stories, Matt is trying his best to beat his teenage son on the basketball court.

You can contact Matt on


Patrick Woods


Patrick Woods has been a Sunshine Coast-based photographer for more than 20 years after studying photography in Brisbane. He's been at the Daily for about 15 years and is passionate about the range of work involved, from documenting everyday people's stories to great moments in sport.

You can contact Patrick on

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