Andrew Fowler is an award-winning investigative journalist and a contributing reporter for ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs. He has been chief of staff and acting foreign editor of The Australian newspaper and a reporter with SBS Dateline and Channel 7, as well as heading up the ABC’s Investigative Unit. Andrew began his journalism career in the early 1970s covering the IRA bombing campaign for the London Evening News. He first interviewed Julian Assange for Foreign Correspondent in early 2010 and went on to write the bestselling book, The Most Dangerous Man in the World, which has been translated and published in countries as diverse as China, South Korea, the USA, Russia, Indonesia, Romania and Taiwan. Andrew Fowler currently spends his time between Paris and Sydney, writing and making documentaries. His latest book is The War on Journalism. Andrew is part of the lineup for our Freelance Focus festival, Brisbane, August 4 – 6.
Before he joins us at Freelance Focus, we caught up with Andrew to find out what makes him tick and what advice he’d give his high school self:
MY FAVOURITE BLOGGER/PODCAST/TWEETER IS:
I WORK BEST AT:
THE WORK I AM MOST PROUD OF IS:
Helping to produce two wonderful daughters. But I’m also quite happy with a couple of stories for Four Corners: ‘Party Tricks’, about the Liberal Party’s ‘black bag’ operation against Paul Keating, and ‘Sex, Lies and Julian Assange’, which is hopefully self-explanatory. My first book, The Most Dangerous Man in the World, was an extraordinary adventure for me.
THE FREELANCE CAREER I MOST ADMIRE:
Not one in particularly, but those people who stick it out and carry on, despite the hardships and the opposition.
I WOULD ADVISE MY 15-YEAR-OLD SELF:
Pay attention in class. Study history, English and politics.
MY NEXT PROJECT IS:
An idea still in progress… too imprecise to nail down in a few lines!