Larry Schwartz is an experienced journalist and teacher. A former senior writer/reporter with The Age, he worked at Fairfax Media for nearly 25 years. He has worked as a sessional teacher in journalism practice, media ethics, feature writing and reporting arts and culture at Swinburne and Monash Universities and conducted workshops in media training for community groups. He has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald and was its Melbourne bureau chief before joining The Sunday Age shortly before its launch in the late 1980s. He migrated from South Africa in the early 1980s and has written extensively on migrant and refugee issues. A former reporter with The Manly Daily in Sydney, he has extensive experience of working for local newspapers. He is the author of an apartheid-era memoir, The Wild Almond Line. He has degrees in the arts and journalism from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch and is doing a PhD at Swinburne University.