Louise Williams is an Australian journalist who has covered Asia for more than a decade, based in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. She has worked primarily for the sister publications, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, but has also written for The Independent (London), The Observer (London), as well as filing reports for the BBC World Service. In 1999 she was part of the Herald's team covering East Timor which won the Walkley Award for excellence in journalism for coverage of the Asia Pacific region. In 1994 she won the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award in conjunction with Colombia University. She has written two books on the region and contributed to several others.