10 CLARION AWARDS THE YEAR OF Applause for a stalwart leader in darkest times
FORMER Courier-Mail editor Greg Chamberlin has been recognised with a Clarion for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism for his leadership revealing the police and government corruption of pre-Fitzgerald Queensland.
According to judges, “at the heart of the newsroom’s respect for Greg was his editorship of the newspaper and journalistic leadership during the so-called Fitzgerald period.
“During the period leading to the inquiry and throughout, Greg steered the newspaper and journalists in getting the story and then sticking with it. He helped build the resilient culture that has seen Queenslanders better served than voters in most other states by a vigilant media.”
The Courier-Mail assistant editor and Chamberlin’s successor at the paper, Des Houghton, said his predecessor was “a gentleman” who staunchly held politicians to account during his journalistic career.
“Greg Chamberlin was one of the great editors of The Courier-Mail in the modern era,” Houghton said.
“Greg was thoroughly professional in everything he did and was a decent fellow who always took time out to encourage his junior reporters. “Greg’s editorship covered a tumultuous period in Queensland life.
“He bravely unleashed The CourierMail’s finest reporters to expose police corruption which ultimately led to the Fitzgerald inquiry, the ousting of premier Sir Joh BjelkePetersen and the jailing of corrupt police commissioner Terry Lewis, whose wrongdoings had been exposed by the newspaper.
“The paper has always staunchly believed in the accountability of political figures.
“The disclosures led by Greg Chamberlin and his chiefof-staff Bob Gordon were a triumph in journalism.
“His award well deserved.
“Moreover, Chamberlin was a gentleman. I can’t remember him ever using profane language or losing his cool even on the most hectic news days.”
Chamberlin (pictured) edited the newspaper for four years, from March 1987
to April 1991.