Gold Walkley winner Mario Christodoulou is returning to Fairfax after several highly successful years at Four Corners, where he was a researcher on many of the program’s most influential investigations. An email from the SMH‘s Darren Goodsir and the Age‘s Mark Forbes announced the poaching to staff this morning.

“Mario has been a stalwart at the ABC for many years. However, in recent times, he has worked with Adele Ferguson on co-pros [co-productions] with the Age and the Herald on the Commonwealth Bank financial planning and insurance exposes. His painstaking, and compelling revelations, across a diverse range of topics, has seen him recognised many times at the Walkleys, including the Gold in 2014 with Adele, the Quills, and the Kennedy awards.”

Earlier, Christodoulou won a Walkley while at Fairfax’s Illawarra Mercury for his coverage of local corruption. He starts at Fairfax on August 8.