Luke Waters – Founding Director, Senior Journalist and Trainer

Senior, award winning journalist Luke Waters is the founding director of Saltwater Media Solutions Pty Ltd. He has qualifications in journalism, accreditation in Workplace Training and Assessment and formal training in Risk Management. He has successfully delivered media training and strategic advice to clients throughout Australia and internationally.

Luke’s distinguished journalism  career landed him in some of the world’s most complex, diverse and volatile events. From  boardrooms to battlefields, elections to  elite sport he’s interviewed the intriguing and the powerful – among them, Governors General, gangland figures, ISIS operatives – even a dictator. 

The unique experiences also exposed Luke to world-leading strategic media management at the coalface of history-defining events including;

Senior journalist and media trainer

  • Syria’s War
  • Israel/Hamas conflict, Middle East
  • Death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa
  • Bali Nine executions, Indonesia
  • Gangs, guns and Africa’s culture of fear
  • Cyclone Pam recovery – South Pacific
  • Black Saturday & various natural disasters
  • Australian Federal and state elections
  • Melbourne gangland wars
  • ISIS in Australia & Middle East
  • Elite sport across multiple codes
  • Indonesia’s barbaric mental health regime
  • International Election campaigns
  • People smuggling- Asia Pacific & Australia

Awards and recognition

  • The United Nations of Australia Media Award
  • Melbourne Press Club Quill Award (Best long-form broadcast journalism)
  • Australian Sports Commission Media Awards (Multiple winner)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Foundation Award for Excellence in Media Reporting
  • Afro-Australian Media Award for Excellence in News Reporting
  • Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year (Nominee)
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission Media Award
  • National OPSO Awards for Excellence in News Reporting on aging Australians (Multiple winner)
  • AFL Victoria Media Award
  • Cricket Victoria Media Award (Multiple Winner)
  • TV Week Logie Award (Nominee)

Luke is a member of the CNN International Journalism Fellowship, he has reported from the Canberra Press Gallery, embedded with the Australian and international militaries, and covered events throughout the Pacific, South East Asia, the Middle East, the United States and Africa working as a journalist, presenter, contributor, producer and/or chief of staff for a range of media outlets.


Story Library: A selection of stories by journalist Luke Waters


Childhood on hold – Click Here

Assad Interview – Click Here

A Dry White with the ColonelRead More

Inside Syria – Click Here

Indonesia – Mental Health Patients still shackled – Click Here

South Africa – Fear Factor – Click Here

South Africa – Mob Justice – Click Here

Gaza & IsraelClick Here