ABC foreign correspondent
Mark Willacy is a former ABC Middle East correspondent and has been the ABC’s North Asia correspondent since 2008. He’s a two-time winner of Australia’s premier journalism prize, the Walkley Award – winning it for his coverage of the 2003 Iraq War and for his reporting of the 2011 Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns. In 2010 he was named Queensland Journalist of the Year and he’s also won the prestigious Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism for exposing corruption in Japan’s so-called scientific whaling program. Mark has reported for the ABC in more than two dozen countries.
The View From the Valley of Hell (2007), Mark’s book about his experiences covering conflict in the Middle East, was the Sydney Morning Herald’s “Pick of the Week”.
His latest is Fukushima: Japan’s Tsunami and the Inside Story of the Nuclear Meltdowns (2013). The Australian newspaper praised the book, saying Willacy “unearths evidence that the company [TEPCO] failed to act on its own warning systems, denied government officials access to data and updates, layered veils of misinformation and falsehoods over the Fukushima plant, withheld information and lied on its way to writing a new chapter in corporate infamy”. The Japan Times called it “an engaging work that draws readers in rather than shutting them out, portraying the flawed policies and people behind the “man-made” nuclear disaster without sermonizing”.