In 1996, Michelle Grattan joined The Australian Financial Review as a senior writer, and three years later was appointed Chief Political Correspondent at The Sydney Morning Herald. She returned to The Age in 2002 as a columnist, and was made Political Editor and Bureau Chief in 2004. In 1988, Michelle was awarded the Graham Perkin Award as the Australian Journalist of the Year, and in the Australia Day Honours in 2004 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her long and distinguished service to Australian journalism. She is also a Walkley Award winner (2006) for Journalism Leadership. Michelle Grattan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland's School of Journalism and Communication. In 2008, Michelle shared the Melbourne Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award with Laurie Oakes.