Four decades in media...

At a murder scene...
Gold Coast 1986
At home...
Brisbane 2023

Bio...

Hedley Thomas, The Australian’s national chief correspondent, is an investigative journalist, author and true-crime podcaster. Hedley has won eight Walkley Awards including two Gold Walkleys. For his reporting through 2022, he received the Graham Perkin Award as Australia’s Journalist of the Year.

His first job in newspapers was as a copyboy on the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1984. Hedley worked as a journalist covering tumultuous news events in London, Europe and Hong Kong for eight years. He and his wife Ruth have lived in a semi-rural community near Brisbane since 1999.

His investigations since 2017 have attempted to solve cold case murders of Australian women. Hedley pursued Chris Dawson for the 2018 global smash hit podcast, The Teacher's Pet, leading to the former star footballer finally being found guilty 40 years after the 1982 murder of his wife, Lyn. His other podcasts are Shandee’s Story, Shandee’s Legacy, The Night Driver, The Teacher’s Trial and The Teacher’s Accuser. His first book was Sick To Death in 2007.

Hedley's podcasts have achieved more than 100 million downloads and have topped charts in Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

  1. The Gold Coast Bulletin

    Copyboy

  2. The Courier-Mail, Brisbane

    Journalist

  3. London Correspondent

    News Limited

  4. The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

    Journalist

  5. The Courier-Mail, Brisbane

    Journalist

  6. Sir Keith Murdoch Award

    Award

  7. Sick to Death

    First Book

  8. Gold Walkley

    Best Investigation

  9. Queensland Journalist of the Year

    Award

  10. Sir Keith Murdoch Award

    Award

  11. The Teacher's Pet

    First Podcast

  12. Gold Walkley, Best Investigation

    Award

  13. The Night Driver

    Second Podcast

  14. Shandee's Story

    Third Podcast

  15. The Teacher's Trial

    Fourth Podcast

  16. Walkley Award

    Award

  17. Shandee's Legacy

    Fifth Podcast

  18. Sir Keith Murdoch Award

    Award

  19. Australian Journalist of the Year

    Graham Perkin Award

  20. The Teacher's Accuser

    Sixth Podcast

  21. The Teacher's Pet

    Second Book

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