Ian McPhedran is the Sydney based national defence writer for News Limited. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 1993 he won a United Nations Association peace media award and in 1999 the Walkley award for best news report for his expose of the navy's Collins class submarine fiasco.
His first book, The Amazing SAS: the inside story of Australia's special forces, is a national best seller. McPhedran lives in Balmain with his wife Verona and daughter Lucy.