Chris MastersInvestigative Journalist, Author
Chris Masters is one of Australia’s best known investigative journalists.
In 1983 he began his career as the longest-serving journalist on the ABC’s Four Corners program. For 25 years (he left his permanent position there in 2008) he reported on everything from the genocide in Rwanda, the Bosnian conflict and the war in Afghanistan.
His 1987 report, ‘The Moonlight Stage’, on corruption in Queensland resulted in the establishment of the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a series of far-reaching reforms in that state.
He won his first Gold Walkley Award for his 1985 report on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, ‘French Connections’.
Chris has also published five books, among them Jonestown, a biography of the broad caster Allan Jones. Published in 2006 the book was a biography of the broadcaster Allan Jones. The book controversially discussed Jones’s sexuality and before it could even be published, the original publisher, ABC Books, decided not to go ahead with it. Jonestown was eventually published by Allen & Unwin and went on to win the Australian Book Industry Awards, Australian Biography of the Year.
In 2012 Chris’ fourth book, Uncommon Soldier, was published. The result of six years of exhaustive research, Uncommon Soldier, an exploration of the modern Australian soldier, takes a rare and close look at the life of Australian soldiers, both at home and abroad.
His latest book published in 2017, No Front Line, is a history of Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Chris continues to be a regular contributor to a number of major Australian publications and also teaches investigative journalism and film writing.