The Friends’ School
Bachelor of Arts
University of Tasmania
Diploma of Education
La Trobe University, Vic
Career prior to Journalism
Career in Journalism
Northern Territory News
1987 – 1993
Hard news/live-to-air reports, newsreader
All Australian magazines
inc the Bulletin, Woman’s Weekly, Madison, Marie Claire, WHO
Senior feature writer/reporter New Idea
1997 – present
Freelance – all media
University of Tasmania
SA Research writer true-crime docu-drama
2011 – 2016
Sunday Night 7
Full time, Associate Producer, specialising in crime stories
Working on exciting new television projects. Watch this space! ☺
I have covered major breaking news events for TV, radio and print, including Port Arthur and the Snowtown trials and broken many exclusive stories. I have also done a great deal of public speaking and press interviews for my books.
In 1992, my then-partner, Ron Jarvis was murdered. In 2014, his killer, Stephen Standage was sentenced to 48 years in prison for Ron’s murder and the murder of another man, John Thorne. I was a prosecution witness at Ron’s trial. This story formed the basis of a Sunday Night story on me – Murder She Wrote.
The prime suspect in the Family Court Murders was arrested 33 years after a series of bombings and shootings in Sydney in the early 1980’s. During my research for the Sunday Night program I found new evidence and witnesses and subsequently wrote a book on the cases, The Family Court Murders. My Walkley Award was largely based on this work.
Justice in Jeopardy: The Unsolved Murder of Baby Deidre Kennedy
Finalist Ned Kelly award 2005
Killing for Pleasure: The Definitive Story of the Snowtown Murders
Long-listed Walkley Award 2006
Ned Kelly Award Best True-Crime 2007
The critically-acclaimed Australian movie, Snowtown inspired by book. I was a consultant on the film.
The Devil’s Garden
Sunday Night broadcast a program based on this book, 2015
Lambs to the Slaughter: Inside the mind of child killer Derek Percy
Long-listed Walkey Award 2011
Following the publication of this book, an eye-witness who saw Percy with his youngest victim just minutes before his murder came forward. I gave his extraordinary information to NSW Unsolved Homicide. According to a QC, this information should have led to Percy being charged. To our enormous disappointment, he wasn’t. Percy died a couple of years later.
Sunday Night broadcast a program based on this book.
House of Hancock: The Rise and Rise of Gina Rinehart
Shortlisted for NSW Ashurst Business Literature Prize, 2012
The Family Court Murders
Short-listed Book Walkley Award 2015
Walkley Award for Leadership, 2015