Profiles

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Hanoi, April 2015.

His dear leader: Meet North Korea’s secret weapon – an IT consultant from Spain. A profile of Alejandro Cao de Benos, North Korea’s pre-eminent “useful idiot” in the West. The Independent Magazine cover story, January 21, 2012.

Most promising: The life and death of cult indie rocker Darcy Clay. Sunday magazine (Sunday Star-Times), April 20, 2008.

A way with words: The mysterious mind of a Scrabble world champ. Sunday Star-Times, June 6, 2010.

Stunted growth: Betrayal, fistfights and recrimination in the rise of a world-beating stunt industry. Sunday magazine (Sunday Star-Times), February 15, 2009.

Quiet American: Alt-country star Ryan Adams tells how hearing loss nearly ended his career. Sunday magazine (Sunday Star-Times), October 2, 2011.

A gangster’s life: The elder statesman of New Zealand’s gang scene tells how Black Power’s would-be revolutionaries succumbed to criminality. Sunday Star-Times, April 11, 2010. Highly commended: best general feature, Canon Media Awards 2011. Part two here.

Fallen idol: Phil Judd, the troubled founder of Split Enz, speaks about his downfall. Sunday Star-Times, February 28, 2010. Part two here.

The iron ore lady: Why the world’s richest woman is mired in controversy. A profile of Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart. The Independent Magazine, June 16, 2012.