Chris Masters is a reporter with Four Corners and the author of the award winning, Jonestown (Allen and Unwin, 2006).
Masters was educated at Macquarie Boys High School, Parramatta, and after completing his Leaving Certificate, he joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the following year.
He commencing working on ABC television’s flagship public affairs program Four Corners in 1983 and has since become the program’s longest serving reporter. His first program was the landmark “Big League”, a 1983 investigation of judicial corruption, which helped bring about the Street Royal Commission.
He is a Gold Walkley Award winner, for his 1985 Four Corners report “French Connections” about the infamous sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. Another famous Four Corners report by Masters, “The Moonlight State” from 1987, led to the Fitzgerald Inquiry into corruption in Queensland.
EssayThe case against the former premier was famously abandoned in 1991 when a jury split – with one of two dissenters a member of the Young Nationals. The lack of resolution left open one of the biggest questions: was Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen a crook? Queenslanders remained divided on the great divider. Ask and they will tell you. Joh was a villain; Joh was a martyr.