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John Silvester

John Silvester has been a crime reporter based in Melbourne from the late 1970s. His work was adapted into the top-rating Underbelly television series shown on Channel Nine. In 2008 he won the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year.


He has won five Melbourne Press Club Quill awards (commended seven times), five Victorian Law Foundation Awards, a Walkley Award and a Ned Kelly Award for true crime writing. He is the senior crime reporter for The Age and appears on 3AW as crime commentator Sly of the Underworld. He has given evidence in Royal Commissions on crime and corruption.

John Silvester will be appearing:

Nasty, vicious and tacky.