Misha Ketchell ([email protected]) is editor of Crikey. He worked at The Age as a reporter and feature writer for six years and before that he was founding editor of The Big Issue Australia, a feature writer at The Melbourne Weekly, and an editor on his uni paper, Farrago. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Claire, two small children and two dogs.

Stephen Mayne ([email protected])
is extremely tall and, many argue, extremely mad. The founder of
Crikey, he is now its business editor and Australia’s best-known
shareholder activist. Together with his wife Paula Piccinini, he
established and ran Crikey from his home through the ups and downs of
its first five years. The downs included being forced by shock jock
Steve Price to sell the family home and give him $50,000 settling a
defamation action, and a further $25,000 defamation settlement to Labor
Senator Nick Bolkus. In early 2005 Stephen and Paula announced the
impending sale of Crikey to Private Media Partners (see below), in
order to return to (relative) normality with their three children
Laura, Alice and Philip in suburban Melbourne.

Christian Kerr ([email protected])
worships Noel Coward and the Ramones, loves Jermyn Street shirts and
his black leather jacket, can’t work out which book is better out of Dead Babies and Finn Family Moomintroll
and was inspired to return to the Roman Catholic Church by the lyrics
of Nick Cave. With interests like these and more than 20 years hacking
round in politics and the media – including stints with two serving
members of the current Federal Cabinet and a Liberal state premier –
what else can he do but cover Canberra as Crikey’s political

Glenn Dyer ([email protected])
has spent a lifetime in journalism. It all started with Max Newton many many
years ago followed by work at the Nine Network, John Fairfax, AAP, and
Queensland Newspapers. A cat possesses him, as do the joys of writing for
Crikey, listening to classical music (even though he is cloth-eared) and
watching sport, especially cricket. Grown-up twin sons are a constant joy.

Mark Cornwall ([email protected])
Inspired by three years as an ATO investigator of the 37 separate tax
schemes then flourishing, Mark Cornwall quit the Tax Office to become a
full-time cartoonist in 1984. His early work appeared in The Bulletin. In 1988 he replaced Patrick Cook at The Australian Financial Review. In 1992 he moved to The Australian. In 1994 he bacame a freelancer, and appears in The Sydney Morning Herald, the AFR and English magazines The Spectator and Private Eye – and, of course, Crikey.

Ben Shearman ([email protected]) joined Crikey on
a three week “work experience” internship way back in November 2002 and
has been trying unsuccessfully to escape ever since. With a meagre
range of technical skills, he quickly became the most tech-savvy member
of Crikey’s band of merry luddites – as a result Ben has been largely
responsible for managing the Crikey website over the last two years, as
well as writing and sub-editing for the daily emails.

Eric Beecher, Diana Gribble, Chong Weng Ho and John Addis are the co-owners of Private Media Partners, which runs Crikey.

Eric Beecher:
An absolute media junkie who’s been in journalism since he was about 12
years old. He’s worked on Australian and British newspapers, been
editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, editor in chief of the Herald & Weekly Times group, and was one of the founders of The Text Media Group.

Chong Weng Ho:
We call him Chong, his mother calls him Ho. He’s a rare creature – a
graphic artist who can also write like a dream. He was a newspaper
designer with Fairfax and News Limited before becoming creative
director of The Text Media Group, where he designed newspapers,
magazines and created some of the best book covers in Australia.

Diana Gribble:
A book publisher for centuries, she was co-founder of publishers McPhee
Gribble, helped start Text Media, where she learned about journalism
and journalists. She also had a five-year stint on the board of the
ABC, and is currently a director of Lonely Planet, the travel book
publisher, and of CARE Australia.

John Addis: A feisty Pom, a marketing man turned publisher, John founded a highly successful fortnightly newsletter called The Intelligent Investor, and works with us to inject a dose of reality to our subscription marketing effort.