John Silvester has been a crime reporter based in Melbourne from the late 1970s.
He has written, edited and published crime books that have sold more than 1 million copies in Australia.
His work was adapted into the top rating Underbelly television series shown on Channel Nine and he has acted as presenter in a series of award winning television crime documentaries.
In 2008 he won Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year and was highly commended in the same award in 1998.
In 2008 he was judged the Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporter of the Year.
He has won six Melbourne Press Club Quill awards (commended seven times), eight Victorian Law Foundation Awards, two Walkley Awards, a Ned Kelly Award for true crime writing and a Ned Kelly lifetime achievement award.
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.
Excellent – Totally engaging & thoroughly entertaining leaving the audience wanting more! – Institute of Chartered Accountants