Suzanne Smith is a six-time Walkley Award and two-time Logie award-winning journalist and has received numerous awards for her reporting and producing of podcasts, television stories, documentaries and digital long form online series. Her narrative non-fiction best-selling book, THE ALTAR BOYS, set in Maitland-Newcastle, has been published in the US, the UK, Ireland and Australia and was shortlisted for the Walkley, the Prime Minister's Literary Prize and the NSW Premier's Regional History prize for literature.
Her 33-year career in journalism includes senior editorial and/or reporting roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including on Foreign Correspondent, Australian Story, Background Briefing, ‘Unravel True Crime’ audio investigations, Radio National, ABC News, and Radio Current Affairs. She was the senior investigative reporter and producer at Lateline on ABC TV for 15 years reporting many stories, including on the cover up of clerical abuse, which helped trigger the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. She is currently an editorial and script adviser for Audible and a screenwriter and producer for several independent film and television documentary companies. She has also written for Crikey, The Australian, and The Griffith Review.