Chris Hammer has worked as journalist for more than thirty years, alternating between covering federal politics and international affairs. Chris has worked as Senior Writer for The Age, Chief Political Correspondent for The Bulletin and Online Political Editor for Fairfax. As a roving international correspondent for SBS TVís Dateline program, he reported from more than thirty countries across six continents.
Chris is the author of two successful and well-received non-fiction books, published by Melbourne University Press: The River: A Journey through the Murray-Darling Basin and The Coast: A Journey along Australiaís Eastern Shores. The River was shortlisted for the 2010 Walkley Book Award and won the ACT Book of the Year in 2011. The book recounts Chrisí travels through the Australian bush during 2008 and 2009, from Queensland to South Australia, at the height of the worst drought in Australian history. Itís those travels and the people he met that provided the inspiration, and inform the setting, for Chrisís first work of fiction, Scrublands.
Chris studied journalism, politics and literature at Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst. He has a Masters degree in International Relations from the ANU in Canberra. Chris recently left Fairfax and now works as a political advisor for a Labor politician. Chris lives in Canberra with his partner, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.
Books:Scrublands, January 2019