Join investigative reporter Hedley Thomas as he provides a behind-the-scenes account of his Gold Walkley Award–winning podcast The Teacher’s Pet, a global phenomenon with almost 30 million downloads. The podcast also generated fresh leads and witnesses that contributed to the arrest of Chris Dawson for the alleged murder of his wife Lynette in 1982. The Australian’s National Chief Correspondent shares the stage with Matthew Condon, unravelling the investigation, the police breakthrough and the latest developments in the case.
Hedley Thomas (Australian)
Hedley Thomas began working in newspapers at 17 as a copyboy at the Gold Coast Bulletin. He has been a foreign correspondent in London and spent six years at Hong Kong's South China Morning Post before returning to Queensland in 1999. He has won multiple awards, among them seven Walkleys including the 2007 Gold Walkley for exposing a fiasco surrounding the police pursuit of Dr Mohamed Haneef, and the 2018 Gold Walkley for his investigations and writing of the internationally successful The Teacher's Pet podcast series. Hedley is the author of Sick to Death, about a surgeon, Dr Jayant Patel, who was accused of gross negligence whilst working at Bundaberg Base Hospital. He lives in Brisbane with his family.
Matthew Condon (Australian)
Matthew Condon has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and for the past decade has been investigating crime and corruption in Queensland and New South Wales. He is the author of the bestselling true crime trilogy Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers and All Fall Down. His new book The Night Dragon, centres on the fatal Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub firebombing in Brisbane in 1973. Matthew was awarded an Order of Australia Media in 2018 for his services to journalism and the community.