Linton Besser
Australia

Linton Besser, Australia, is a multi-award-winning investigative reporter whose work has exposed corruption in the public service, the police and at the highest levels of Australia's business community.
His journalism has appeared in print in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin, and he has also worked at Channel Nine, a national commercial television station. In 2013, he took a position as an investigative reporter for Australia's public broadcaster, the ABC.
His stories have prompted public inquiries and the removal of officials, including a government minister, and have prompted sweeping reforms. His work with his colleague Kate McClymont revealed a vast corrupt network run by one of Australia's most powerful political figures, Eddie Obeid. Those stories – which exposed the front companies his family used to garner tens of millions of dollars profit from state contracts, mining licenses and property leases – sparked the biggest anti-graft inquiry in Sydney's history.
Besser has twice been awarded a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honor, for investigative reporting. He has also been a recipient of a Kennedy Award for excellence in journalism, and a George Munster Award for independent reporting.

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