Dr Bill Birnbauer was a senior journalist with more than 30 years experience at The Age, The Sunday Age and The Herald. He joined Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism in December 2008. Dr Birnbauer reported on many high-profile issues and was The Age’s Chief of Staff, News Editor and Night Editor for almost six years. He has won numerous journalism awards and was part of a Walkley Award winning team in 1996 – he has been a Walkley finalist on four other occasions. Birnbauer coproduced two documentaries that screened on Australian public television, “The Big Lie” and “Sudden Death”. He wrote “Face Value: the Kay Nesbit Story” and coauthored “The journalist who laughed” as well as numerous book chapters.
At Monash University as Senior Lecturer, he created and coordinated investigative reporting and feature writing units. He was a director of the journalism Masters program. He was awarded a Special Commendation in the Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning. He also created and was executive editor of mojonews.com.au.
Birnbauer was awarded a PhD from Swinburne University for his thesis titled “Non-profit investigative reporting in American journalism, 2007-2015”.
He left Monash University in early 2017 and now is an independent writer.