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Ben Hills

Ben Hills is one of Australia’s best-known journalists. A three-time foreign correspondent, he has reported from more than 60 countries on five continents in a career stretching back to the 1960s. Working mainly for the Fairfax group (with a spell at the 60 Minutes TV current affairs programme) he specialised in investigative journalism, targeting corruption in government and big business.

Now freelancing, Ben has written six books, including a controversial biography of Japan’s Crown Princess Masako which was an international best-seller. His most recent book is about the life and times of Graham Perkin, a crusading newspaper editor. Read more >

newspapers-2Ben spent more than 30 years working for Australiaʼs two leading broadsheets, The Age in Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald. He was a correspondent for both papers in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s covering respectively Africa and the Middle East, East Asia and Japan.

In Australia he was best-known for his hard-hitting investigative journalism which ranged from exposing the Loans Affair — which led to the downfall of the Whitlam Government — to exposes of the asbestos industry, the Exxon corporation, quack medicine, genetically modified food and a famous Sydney murder mystery. Many of his articles are posted on this website. Read more >