John Paul Janke is from Wuthathi Country on Cape York Peninsula and from Murray Island in the Torres Strait.
He has worked as a journalist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs for nearly three decades, - developing, initiating and implementing a wide range of communication and media strategies, solutions and materials.
From 1993-2004, he worked in the Public Affairs Unit with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and coordinated and managed several major national events.
In 2000, he worked with domestic and international media at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2004, he was the Media Advisor for very first The Long Walk, Michael Long’s historic trek from Melbourne to Canberra and has coordinated National Press Club addresses.
Between 2004-2009, he worked for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council as their Director of Media and Marketing. His role included working with key stakeholders to develop and implement effective communication strategies promoting NSWALC’s Land Rights policies and processes and the need for further constitutional reforms to recognise the rights of Aboriginal peoples, particularly in NSW.
He previously sat on the ACT Indigenous Elected Body and is currently a member of the National NAIDOC Committee.
He is currently the Director of Public Program in the Public Engagement Program at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra.