John Lyons is Head of Investigative and In-Depth Journalism at the ABC. He has won many awards, including three Walkleys and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year. A former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, John was for six years Middle East correspondent of The Australian, based in Jerusalem. Based on those six years, Lyons has written his latest book, Balcony Over Jerusalem. Travelling to Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Egypt, Libya and Turkey, Lyons examines the rise and dramatic collapse of the Arab Spring. He also looks in intimate detail at Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, with confronting observations of that conflict.