Janet Ashcroft


I am lucky enough to be married to Brett Ashcroft and the mother of four beautiful children: Joshua, Hayden, Bronte and Bradley. On Saturday I became a Nanny for the first time to Jax William Ashcroft. I was born in Wagga and this is where my heart calls home. I love spending time with family and I love watching my kids play sport. I’m interested in interior decorating and design and love shopping, good food and cooking. I love spending time with friends and socialising. I love music. I love spending time with my 12-month old Rottweiler pup, Xandie.  I love camping, fishing and water skiing with the family.My goals are to see my children happy and healthy, and travel around Europe to explore the cultures and foods. I look forward to traveling  Australia with my husband. My favourite film is ‘Tammy’.

Pennie Scott


I grow people, ideas and things and love living at Springview Eco-Farm with our paddock piggies, two horses, nine ducks and many kangaroos, birds, reptiles and insects in four ecosystem habitats. I have survived raising five sons, love gardening, reading, acting, singing, riding my horse Mr Jones and sharing feasts of delicious Riverina foods. Writing has always been a passion as is creating a world for the next ten generations. My favourite films are ‘Gandhi’ and ‘The Blindside’.

Susanne Gerrard


I am the mother of two daughters, 13 and 22 years old. I love the great outdoors – camping, fishing and riding motor bikes. In my spare time I write poetry and play the guitar. I have worked in sales and marketing in the media industry for the past seven years and very much a people-person. I love to achieve positive outcomes for my clients and reach my personal goals.  My favourite film is ‘PS I Love You’

Alan Reid


I have been a journalist for around 50 years, give or take a few, with a brief respite away from the industry. After completing an old fashioned on-the-job cadetship and becoming the only cadet to win the Walkley Award for Journalism I had a stint as a reporter in Wagga. Now, I find myself in Wagga once more, working in the media once more; this time as a sub-editor. In the gap years I worked for the ABC as a reporter and sub-editor for radio and TV followed by roles as media and communication manager with the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Australian Institute of Sport, Geoscience Australia and various others. My favourite film is ‘Bridges of Madison County’ and ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’.

Murray Saggers


I have been in the graphic design and publishing industries for most of my life and find it a most rewarding profession. I love to listen to music especially from the 1970’s onward. My favourite groups include Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Steely Dan and Led Zeppelin to name a few. I also like to play guitar, although I feel it plays me sometimes but, little improvements are very satisfying. I also like to draw with pastels when I have time. I look forward to the future with the Wagga Weekly and ready to take up the challenge of producing an exciting local publication. My favourite films are ‘Blade-runner’ and the ‘AlienTrilogy’

Allisen Reid


I have recently bought a house with the love of my life, partner Mick, where we live with 11year old dog Oi and bi-polar kitten Dotti. I’m mum to Todd and Chelsea, the other loves of my life. I love spending time with my family, travelling to anywhere with a beach, and drinking the odd bottle of wine or two. I also love netball but my knees don’t any more so the next best thing is to watch it on TV.  My main goal at the moment is to survive my first week at Wagga Weekly and support the team. Regarding my favourite films, I can’t decide between ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’; I love them all.

Marguerite McKinnon

Senior Journalist

I have been a journalist for more than 20 years and moved to Wagga from Sydney in 2009.

My work has been mainly in radio and television, so moving into newspapers is a fun challenge and I relish telling stories about others. I am fascinated with people, probably because I come from a big family.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with the best people in the media industry through my years at Channel 7 Sydney, a political reporter during the Howard years in Federal Parliament Canberra, Channel 10 Sydney plus time at WIN Television in Orange, Canberra and briefly at Wagga, 2WS radio Sydney, filing stories for CNN, Channel News Asia and having a column in an award-winning small business magazine.

The value of people isn’t lost on me after covering the best and worst of humanity; neither is the fragility of people’s lives. I was given a state bravery award after an horrific car fire which I would gladly return if it could give the two young men back to their loved ones. Life is short, relish beauty, happiness and precious moments, capture the spirit of people, report accurately, be grateful and try to leave the place better than how I found it. If I can do this, I won’t have wasted my life, and I will be a good example to my twin boys and daughter. Thankyou Wagga and region for allowing me to tell your stories.