The Courier-Mail

10 CLAR­ION AWARDS THE YEAR OF Ap­plause for a stal­wart leader in dark­est times

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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.

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