Graham Readfearn is a Brisbane-based journalist.
Born in Burnley in England’s east Lancashire region, he took a decisive career choice in 1994 when he gave up a job with a national pub chain for a new life as a journalist.
After gaining work experience at the tiny Todmorden News (first assignment chasing an escaped heifer through the town centre), he was awarded a scholarship by a newspaper group to study journalism.
Joining evening paper The Gazette in seaside Blackpool, he covered general news including police rounds, crime, courts and an assignment in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Two years later, he moved to the Yorkshire Post – one of Britain’s oldest daily newspapers – as a general news reporter and feature writer. His campaigning helped forced the closure of a toxic chemical factory, better payments for war pensioners and major improvements to a children’s rehabilitation centre.
A 2001 campaign to increase the levels of sport and physical education in UK schools was quoted in British Parliament and won him the regional sports writer of the year award from Britain’s Sports Writers’ Association.
He moved to London and the BBC’s national 24-hour news and sport radio network FiveLive to work as a broadcast journalist, script writer and producer.
During two years there, he was part of the team producing the live rolling coverage of the New York September 11 attacks, was studio producer as news broke of an IRA bomb in London’s Ealing suburb and his thick northern accent was heard reading emails during late-night phone-ins.
After a career-break to travel the world – visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil – he returned to the UK as a freelance feature writer covering social affairs, youth issues and sustainability for national magazines and newspapers.
He immigrated to Brisbane in 2005 with his wife and young son and started writing for The Courier-Mail’s features sections.
He launched his first blog – GreenBlog – for The Courier-Mail in June 2008, writing more than 650 posts and moderating in excess of 14,000 comments before resigning in February 2010. UPDATE: News Ltd has deleted all GreenBlog posts – go here for the background and the upshot.
He reported from the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw in 2013, Lima in 2014 and the landmark 2015 negotiations in Paris.
Graham lives in Brisbane with his wife, two children, several backyard chooks, solar panels and a water tank for the vegetable beds. He is a qualified junior football coach and an obsessive fan of Burnley Football Club.
“Graham Readfearn… an astute student of climate change denialism” – Prof Robert Manne, February 2012
“Is Readfearn the dumbest eco blogger in Australia?” – Andrew Bolt, February 2009