When journalists spend a long time pursuing a story, it can be hard to separate the personal and professional. Madeline Gleeson is a lawyer and award-winning author of Offshore. Christine Kenneally is a contributing editor for BuzzFeed News. Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a five-time Walkley Award-winning journalist (including a Gold Walkley) who uncovered the Don Dale Detention Centre story. They join Rebecca Johinke to discuss their complicated connections with their biggest stories. 


Supported by the University of Sydney.

Madeline Gleeson (Australian)

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Madeline Gleeson is a lawyer and Senior Research Associate at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She specialises in international human rights and refugee law, with a focus on regional refugee protection, the law of state responsibility, and offshore processing.

Madeline has extensive experience working with forcibly displaced people around the world, including work on statelessness, refugees, human trafficking, labour migration and land grabbing with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia, and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. Madeline’s recent book, Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and has been nominated for a range of other prestigious prizes.

Caro Meldrum-Hanna (Australian)

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Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a five-time Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter with ABC TV's Four Corners. In 2015 she was awarded the Gold Walkley for exposing the illegal practice of live baiting in greyhound racing. In 2016 she exposed the systematic abuse and torture of children inside the NT's juvenile prisons, sparking the establishment a Royal Commission the next morning. In March 2017 she was named the Australian Journalist of the Year at the annual Quill Awards for journalism.

Christine Kenneally (Australian)

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Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, New Scientist, The Monthly and other publications. She is the author of The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures and The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language. She is currently writing for BuzzFeed News.

Rebecca Johinke (Australian)

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Rebecca Johinke is a senior lecturer in the Department of English, The University of Sydney. Her interests include writing and rhetoric (creative nonfiction, print and digital magazines), Australian film and popular culture (including popular music), and street narratives (from masculine car cultures to street cultures more generally), and she has a specific interest in walking narratives. She also conducts research about the scholarship of teaching and learning.