Work History

Work History
2009 - Present

Business Commentator & Senior Journalist

The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The AFR - Fairfax Media

I am a business columnist and senior writer at Fairfax Media. My role includes writing a weekly column for the Australian Financial Review and regular columns and investigative features for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. I have won multiple awards, including the Gold Walkley, and in 2012 I wrote a best selling unauthorised biography on Gina Rinehart, the richest person in the country and one of the richest women in the world. The book was published by Pan Macmillan.

In 2014 I went on secondment to the Australian Broadcasting Commission's weekly current affairs program Four Corners as a journalist and compiled the program Banking Bad (http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2014/05/05/3995954.htm)

2007 - Sep 2009

Business columnist

The Australian

At The Australian I was a business columnist and feature writer, writing some leading investigations into the corporate sector.

1994 - 2007

Senior Journalist

BRW Media

At BRW, a weekly business magazine, I held various roles including feature writing, a weekly column and deputy editor. 

Awards

Walkley Awards: Gold Walkley Award  Walkley Foundation December 2014 Walkley Awards: TV/AV Weekly Current Affairs Walkley Foundation December 2014 National Aviation Press Club Award Feature of the year December 2014 Kennedy Awards: Gold Kennedy for Journalist Of The Year Kennedy Foundation July 2014 Kennedy Awards: Outstanding Television Current Affairs Reporting Kennedy Foundation July 2014 Kennedy Awards: Outstanding Investigative Reporting Kennedy Foundation July 2014 Kennedy Awards Outstanding Finance Reporting Kennedy Foundation July 2014 Quill Award Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2013 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist Kennedy Awards August 2013 Walkley Award for Best Business Story In Any Medium Walkley Foundation 2013 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Finance Reporting Kennedy Awards August 2013 Quill Best Business Story In Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2013 Walkley Award High Commendation for Best Columnist Walkley Foundation December 2011 Quill Award Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2011 Quill Award High Commendation Best Columnist or Blogger Melbourne Press Club April 2010 Walkley Award Finalist Best Business Story Walkley Foundation December 2010 Walkley Award Finalist Best Business Story Walkley Foundation December 2008 Quill Award Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2008 Quill Award Best Columnist Melbourne Press Club April 2008 Quill Award Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club 2007 Quill Award Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2005 Walkley Award Finalist Best Business Story Walkley Foundation December 2005 Aviation Journalist of the Year Award National Aviation Press Club 2003 Quill Award Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2003 Quill Award High Commendation Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2001 Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia - Excellence in Business Journalism Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia 2000 Quill Award High Commendation Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 2000 Citigroup Award for Journalistic Excellence Citigroup 1999 Quill Award High Commendation Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club April 1999 Quill Award High Commendation Best Business Story in Any Medium Melbourne Press Club 1997

Book

Gina Rinehart - The untold story of the richest woman in the world  Pan Macmillan Australia July 1, 2012

Gina Rinehart is not just the richest person in Australian history, she is fast becoming one of the richest people in the world. The daughter of Lang Hancock – legendary arch-conservative, secessionist, mining millionaire and discoverer of the world's largest iron deposit in the Pilbara – Gina has grown up in a family known as much for its front-page legal stoushes as for its business acumen and toughness.

With her reported wealth more than doubling in the last twelve months, Rinehart is beginning to flex the enormous power her money gives, buying large shareholdings in television's Ten Network and newspaper group Fairfax Media. They are moves that will give Rinehart and her controversial views a major place in Australian life and public affairs.

Based on painstaking research and a wealth of interviews with Rinehart's colleagues, friends, family and former employees, award-winning journalist Adele Ferguson has written the definitive biography, shining a light into the private world of Gina Rinehart, her family, her feuds and the iron determination that has driven her relentless rise.