Sports Journalist Rebecca Wilson dies after long battle with cancer

Award-winning sports journalist Rebecca Wilson has passed away at her family home from breast cancer, at 54.

Her partner, former News Limited chief executive John Hartigan, and their sons Tom and Will broke the news in a joint statement.

“Courage has always been a significant part of her DNA, no less in her desperate battle against her insidious disease,” they said.


“Rebecca kept knowledge of her illness a closely guarded secret.

“The majority of her friends, colleagues and indeed members of her family were unaware of the extent of her illness.

“She did so to limit their suffering.”

They spoke of her challenging career as a female sports journalist, in a male-dominated industry.

“She brushed aside evil trolls, bullies and organised crime figures to prosecute her craft.”

“She proved that women had an equally important role in sports journalism as her male counterparts.”

Wilson worked for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, winning multiple awards in her role.

She also had a stint on radio as co-host of Vega 95.3 breakfast show with Tony Squires and Mikey Robins, as well as a panelist on Sky News program SportsNight with James Bracey.

Wilson came from a media family, with her brother and fellow sports journalist Jim Wilson, and father News Limited foreign correspondent Bruce Wilson.