Sydney Writers' Festival at UNSW: Jeremy Scahill in conversation with Chris Masters

When:20 May 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW (Map REF D9)
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Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist, and the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His latest book Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield investigates the covert operations of the US in war zones around the world. Jeremy Scahill is in conversation with Australian journalist Chris Masters responsible for many notable Four Corners programs including his most famous report ‘The Moonlight State’ investigating police corruption in Queensland which initiated the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a raft of reforms that reached beyond Queensland.

Chris Masters worked at Australia’s longest running public affairs television program, Four Corners between 1983 and 2010. He made over 100 reports for the national broadcaster’s flagship program, many of them well remembered and some of them nation shaping. ‘The Big League’ in 1983 triggered the Street Royal Commission and reforms to judicial accountability. ‘French Connections’ in 1985, an international exclusive on the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship ‘The Rainbow Warrior’ earned Chris the highest award in Australian journalism, the Gold Walkley. His most famous report ‘The Moonlight State’ investigating police corruption in Queensland initiated the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a raft of reforms that reached beyond Queensland. ‘The Dead Heart’ received a 1987 Penguin award from the television Society of Australia. Other reports such as ‘Inside a Holocaust’ on genocide in Rwanda in 1994 won a Logie award and ‘The Coward’s War’ on the Bosnian conflict, a further Walkley.

Chris has written four books, the most recent ‘Uncommon Soldier’ (2012). The first was ‘Inside Story’ (1991) followed by ‘Not for Publication’ (2002) and ‘Jonestown’ (2006), the latter winning three awards, including ‘Biography of the Year'.

*This event is now totally booked out*

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