Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at the Age, specialising in AFL football.
Jake joined the Age in 1998, having previously worked as a sports writer on the Sunday Age. He writes a blend of news, feature articles and a weekly column during the football season.
Before joining the Sunday Age, Jake was a freelance reporter in the US and a regular contributor to the Sunday Age and the Age from Los Angeles, covering diverse areas like politics, earthquakes, celebrity trials and American sport. Jake ghost wrote the autobiography (Collingwood and Me, 1991) of champion Collingwood footballer Peter Daicos.
While he writes primarily about the AFL, he spends the month of January covering tennis, especially the Australian Open. In 2008, Jake won the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards' Best Sports Story in any medium for his profile piece on David Schwarz.