I have been a journalist since 1979, dividing my time pretty equally between the ABC and SBS, and working out of Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
I have been a daily news reporter, a current affairs reporter, a Political Editor, a newsroom manager and, most recently, an Editorial Director responsible for setting and maintaining editorial standards and training journalists.
I have covered industrial relations, politics, state and federal elections, riots, coups, terrorism and international diplomacy. I have won two Walkley awards, largely for being in the right place at the right time.
Somewhere in the midst of all that I managed to write a number of works of children’s fiction.
These days, I divide my time between writing books and continuing to work in the area of journalism ethics, partly by speaking and writing about it and partly by my involvement in the following organisations:
Executive Director, Organization of News Ombudsmen
Journalism Advocate, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation
Public Fund Committee Member, Walkley Foundation
Consultant, Cochran 360
Role Model, Books in Homes
I am available as a speaker, MC or facilitator; bookings can be arranged through Speakers Ink