Hedley Thomas began working in newspapers at 17 as a copyboy at the Gold Coast Bulletin. He has been a foreign correspondent in London and spent six years at Hong Kong's South China Morning Post before returning to Queensland in 1999. He has won multiple awards, among them seven Walkleys including the 2007 Gold Walkley for exposing a fiasco surrounding the police pursuit of Dr Mohamed Haneef, and the 2018 Gold Walkley for his investigations and writing of the internationally successful The Teacher's Pet podcast series. Hedley is the author of Sick to Death, about a surgeon, Dr Jayant Patel, who was accused of gross negligence whilst working at Bundaberg Base Hospital. He lives in Brisbane with his family.