Amanda Gearing

Amanda graduated with a PhD in global investigative journalism from Queensland University of Technology in 2016. This year she released an updated book The Torrent: A true story of heroism and survival, published by the University of Queensland Press.  As a reporter, Amanda has covered state and national stories for The Courier-Mail, The Australian and ABC Radio National. Her coverage of the deadly flash flood disaster in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley in 2011 led to a Master of Arts Research project exploring why traumatised news sources speak to reporters. Her research into the disaster led to the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry in 2015.  Amanda’s investigative reporting has resulted in a new hospital and new highways being built; and has called various business and government authorities to account. Amanda has won many awards for her print and broadcast journalism, including a Walkley Award in 2012 for her radio documentary The day that changed Grantham.