‘The Teacher’s Pet’ podcast sweeps 2018 Walkley Awards

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The Australian investigate journalist Hedley Thomas and producer/composer Slade Gibson were recognised at the 2018 Walkley Awards for their podcast The Teacher’s Pet.

The Teacher’s Pet won the Gold Walkley — Australian journalism’s highest honour — in Brisbane last night.

The podcast explores the 1982 disappearance of Sydney mother Lyn Dawson.

To date, it is the only Australian podcast to go to #1 in the US, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

The Teacher’s Pet is listened to by 27 million listeners around the world.

Thomas wrote and recorded an average of more than 15,000 words each week, while Gibson added original music and audio production.

With the win, Thomas becomes just the second person to win the Gold Walkley twice, after winning in 2007.

It was described by judges as “a masterclass in investigative journalism… The investigation uncovered long-lost statements and new witnesses, and prompted police to dig again for the body of Lyn Dawson.”

Jane Bardon and the ABC won the award for Radio/Audio News and Current Affairs.

The Australian’s Kylie Stevenson, Caroline Graham and Eric George took home the gong for Radio/Audio Feature.

Full list of winners available here.

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