Michael Gawenda is one of Australia’s best known journalists and authors. He has been a political reporter, a foreign correspondent based in London and in Washington, a columnist, a feature writer and an editor. He has been accredited with three Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, and was editor and editor in chief of The Age from 1997 to 2004. He is the author of three non-fiction books and a book of poetry. He has had several Yiddish poems published in magazines in Australia and overseas.