The Australian’s Hedley Thomas, 52, investigated, wrote, co-produced and presented The Teacher's Pet podcast series in 2018. The series discovered new evidence and witnesses in the alleged 1982 murder of a young wife and mother.The podcast went to no.1 on iTunes charts in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand and has achieved more than 50 million downloads.
Hedley began his career in newspapers at 17 as a copyboy and then a reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin before he moved to The Courier-Mail in Brisbane in 1988.He became a London-based foreign correspondent and later spent six years at Hong Kong's South China Morning Post before returning to Queensland in 1999. Hedley has won seven Walkley Awards. He is the only reporter to have won the Gold Walkley twice. He has won the Sir Keith Murdoch Award twice.He is the author of Sick to Death about a dangerous surgeon, Dr Jayant Patel.
Hedley has worked at The Australian for 12 years. In recent years he has investigated and reported extensively on corrupt trade unions, Clive Palmer, bent cops, crooked politicians, Brisbane’s 2011 floods, and alleged murder.He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two children.