Peter Atkinson | Publisher
Peter Atkinson’s 40-year journalism career started as a reporter for regional newspaper The Gympie Times, then with the Brisbane-based Daily Sun and later, The Sunday Mail, where he became chief of staff. After four years in that role, he was appointed New York Bureau Chief for News Corporation in 1993, writing from the US for that company’s 14 metropolitan daily and Sunday mastheads. Returning to Australia in 1996, he was appointed News Corp’s Group Olympics Editor for the Sydney 2000 Games, planning and managing logistics for the company’s biggest-ever editorial event coverage. In 2001, he left News to become Editor in Chief of The Sunshine Coast Daily, winning numerous awards including PANPA Newspaper of the Year in 2007. He spent 10 years working for Australia’s national newswire service, AAP, where as Managing Director of its Pagemasters Division he planned and co-ordinated major newsroom restructuring projects for News Corp, Fairfax Media, APN News and Media and Pacific Magazines. He joined Solstice Media as a consultant in 2018 and became the inaugural Publisher of InQueensland when it was launched in 2020.
Chrisanthi Demos | Publishing Manager
Chrisanthi has more than 13 years experience in media and publishing, commencing her career with independent Brisbane publication, map magazine. Starting as an Advertising Account Manager, Chrisanthi worked in various roles throughout the company, eventually utilising her skills in editing and publishing to become the magazine’s Local Editor. During that time she also held the position of Publishing Manager for the company’s creative agency, map creative, overseeing the editorial and strategy for a number of projects and custom publishing, such as The Road Ahead’s digital publications and Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s Visitor Guide. Chrisanthi is the Managing Editor of The Weekend Edition, and was part of its founding team more than ten years ago. Over those years, Chrisanthi has grown the publication to be a go-to source of food, event and lifestyle content across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. In addition to her role as Managing Editor, Chrisanthi has joined the InQueensland Media team as Publishing Manager, overseeing the business development and commercial operations of its two publications, InQueensland and The Weekend Edition, and fostering key partnerships and sponsorship opportunities.
Craig Johnstone | Editor
Craig Johnstone has more than 35 years of experience in major media, corporate and government organisations covering federal, state and local politics to an acclaimed standard. He is a former political editor, news editor and leader writer for The Courier-Mail and worked as Queensland editor for The Australian. Craig is a winner of several Clarion awards for opinion and analysis and has an extensive list of contacts across all levels of government, industry and media.
Ashley Grace | Senior Account Manager
Ashley Grace has spent the past 15 years working for Australia’s largest entertainment companies, including Southern Cross Austereo and the Seven Network. Ashley has been responsible for the strategic economic and creative development of multi-million-dollar media accounts through direct and agency trading. Considered a trusted media advisor and marketing specialist, Ashley prides herself on authenticity, genuine connection and a determination to drive her client’s success.
Meredith McLean | Senior Account Manager
Meredith brings ten years of diverse and cohesive strategy experience having previously worked client side and agency side before re-entering the publishing sphere as a seasoned professional. Her well-rounded experience starting in creative ideation and copywriting and eventually moving onto managing national budgets from a media planning and buying perspective gives her a valuable end-to-end understanding of campaigns and best practice for servicing stakeholders. Meredith is always focused on finding new ways to connect and collaborate with clients to make their campaigns as engaging as possible to our readers.
Brad Cooper | Regional Specialist
A journalist for more than 20 years, Brad Cooper joined InQueensland in 2020 following 15 years at Fairfax Media where he formerly managed newsrooms in Queensland, the Northern Territory and interstate. With knowledge of agriculture and food supply chains, Brad started as InQueensland’s regional specialist, before his commission was broadened to include state politics in 2022. Brad is a winner of multiple journalism awards nationally and in Queensland.
Madonna King | Columnist
Madonna King is an award-winning author and journalist and who has covered Queensland and national politics for almost 30 years. She has reported on a dozen elections, interviewed eight prime ministers, and her analysis has been published across the media – newspapers, online, radio and television. A regular on ABC’s The Drum, she has written more than a dozen books, including the biographies of Professor Ian Frazer and former politician and diplomat Joe Hockey. Her last four books have involved 1000s of interviews with teen girls, and are being used by parents, educators, policy makers and business to understand the next generation of young leaders.
Dennis Atkins | Political Analyst
Dennis Atkins has covered Queensland politics from a national and state perspective for almost three decades. Dennis was also the national political editor of The Courier-Mail from 2000 to 2005 and National Affairs Editor from 2007 until he left the paper in 2019. Dennis has also been a regular guest on The Insiders’ Sunday morning couch since early 2008. His career as a political journalist stretches back to Adelaide in the late 1970s.
Michael Blucher | Sports and Business
Michael Blucher runs his own consultancy business, The Third Half, which for the past 15 years has focused on assisting professionals build leadership capacity and personal brand equity. Over the same period, he has also worked with many of Australia’s top professional athletes, helping them maximize their potential away from sport, and transition into the next stage of their life. Over the course of his career, he has also written 11 books, most recently including private memoirs of successful Queensland business people. His published works include Perfect Union (the joint biography of Wallabies Tim Horan and Jason Little) in 1995, and Bubble Boys (the increasingly complex world of our nation’s sports stars) in 2013.
John McCarthy | Business Editor
John McCarthy has worked in journalism for more than 30 years, starting with Fairfax in Sydney. He was press secretary to NSW Premier Nick Greiner for about two years before moving back to Brisbane where he joined The Courier-Mail, covering City Hall, industrial relations, politics and business, winning two Clarion Awards and covering federal, state and local Budgets for more than 10 years. He also worked as finance editor and business editor.
Rebecca Levingston | Opinion
Rebecca has been broadcasting on ABC Radio for a decade. She started out producing for Richard Fidler and Madonna King but eventually made the move to hosting her own shows. So far that’s included Evenings, Drive, Statewide Weekends, Breakfast and now Mornings where she starts the day with news, talkback and fun. From 8:30-11am on ABC Radio Brisbane you can hear her with everyone from the Prime Minister to whoever calls in to say something useful, surprising or life changing. Rebecca began writing opinion columns for InQueensland in 2020. She loves words (both written and spoken) and occasionally makes up new ones.
Jim Tucker | Sports Insights
Jim Tucker is a sports journalist and columnist who has covered Queensland and Australian sport for more than 40 years. Sport’s broader issues, the social impacts, the people and the quirky have fascinated him for just as long. He has been ringside at three Olympic Games, seven Rugby World Cups and nine Australian cricket tours thanks to 21 years at The Courier-Mail, serving as chief cricket writer for Inside Edge magazine and a decade at Queensland’s Daily Sun newspaper. Jim has written three books, The Holy Grail Is Ours (Queensland’s Sheffield Shield quest), Brothers In Arms (The History of Brothers Rugby Club) and Bulldog! Bulldog! (70 Years of Wests Rugby).
David Fagan | Columnist
David Fagan has reported Queensland since the late 70s, a period in which he has covered business, politics and society for The Courier-Mail and The Australian. He is a former editor-in chief of The Courier-Mail and deputy editor of The Australian. Since taking a break from journalism in 2013, he has worked in senior roles in higher education and the superannuation industry, written four books and currently plays in a rock band and serves on three boards that span the disabilities, entertainment, agriculture and health sectors. The views he expresses through InQueensland are his own.
Phil Brown | Columnist
Phil Brown is currently editor of InReview, Qld. As a journalist and author he has written for a variety of national and international publications including literary journals such as Meanjin and Griffith Review. He has written a number of books including two collections of poetry. His most recent book is The Kowloon Kid: A Hong Kong Childhood published by Transit Lounge in 2019. He has been covering the arts in Australia in the mainstream media for nearly four decades and was for some years Arts Editor for The Courier-Mail in Brisbane.