Chris Masters worked at Australia’s longest running public affairs television program, Four Corners between 1983 and 2010. He made over 100 reports for the national broadcaster’s flagship program, many of them well remembered and some of them nation shaping.
His most famous report ‘The Moonlight State’ investigating police corruption in Queensland initiated the Fitzgerald Inquiry and a raft of reforms that reached beyond Queensland.
Chris has written for a range of major newspapers and journals. ‘Mission Drift’ For The Monthly, on the Afghanistan conflict was reprinted in Melbourne University Press’ ‘Best Political Writing 2008’. ‘Moonlight Reflections’, an account of corruption in the Bjelke-Petersen government for Griffith Review, was included in ‘Best Political Writing 2009’.
In 2010 he completed a two part series on the Afghanistan conflict ‘A Careful War’, which was broadcast on Four Corners in July. View episode one here and episode two here. An account of the program and the mission was delivered at The Lowy Institute. Watch video here. ‘Tour of Duty’ broadcast by Network Ten in 2011, was an up close account of the operations of Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan.
In 2012 Chris chaired the non fiction and history categories of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. He is the author and presenter of a three part history documentary series ‘The Years That Made Us’ broadcast by ABC television in 2013.