About Us

Tasmanian Inquirer is an independent news project founded by three award-winning Tasmanian journalists – Bob Burton, Adam Morton and Mark Horstman – to publish high-quality, public-interest journalism on the state’s politics, society and environment. 

Existing media outlets in Tasmania have suffered significant staffing and budget cuts, leaving an increasing number of important issues unexplored. Paywalls are up, limiting access to many stories to subscribers only. More cuts may be on the way as major national media companies merge and look to cut costs further, including at their Tasmanian subsidiaries. 

Tasmanian Inquirer aims to help fill that gap. Rather than compete with existing media outlets by covering the same stories in much the same way, we plan to pursue unreported and under-reported issues, and hold powerful players in Tasmanian society to account. 

We aim for quality, not quantity. Instead of publishing a high volume of stories to a fixed daily deadline, we plan to produce quality news and analysis that is beyond the existing news cycle, about stories not covered by other outlets. With your support, we intend to publish with increasing frequency over time. 

As we believe free access to information is vital in a democracy, articles will not be behind a paywall. Nor will our website feature advertising.  

Instead, Tasmanian Inquirer aims to rely on the voluntary financial and other support of readers. Those with the means can help provide access to those without.  

We welcome your suggestions of subjects worthy of investigation and especially your tips of information that could help lead to stories in the public interest. You can reach individual reporters via a message box found at the end of each story or via mail at PO Box 35, South Hobart, Tasmania 7004. 

Our aim is to start small and build a scalable and sustainable independent journalism business. As it is currently difficult to establish a media non-profit in Australia, Tasmanian Inquirer  has been established as a for-profit company.

Thank you

Tasmanian Inquirer  is indebted to John Anderson from Forte Web Design, a Hobart-based web design company, for his meticulous work in creating this website. If you need a web designer, we highly recommend John.

Tasmanian Inquirer  is grateful for legal support from Vanessa Bleyer and her team at Bleyer Lawyers, based in Launceston and Melbourne.

Author photos are courtesy of Rob Blakers from Rob Blakers Photography.

Meet our team

Bob Burton

Bob Burton

Bob is a Hobart-based author, researcher and freelance journalist. He is the Editor of CoalWire, a weekly digest on the global coal industry for the US-based Global Energy Monitor, and a co-founder of Tasmanian Inquirer.

His freelance journalism has been published in news outlets from the British Medical Journal to the US-based PR Watch. He is also the author of Inside Spin (2007) and co-author of two other books: Secrets and Lies with Nicky Hager and Big Coal with Guy Pearse and David McKnight.
Adam Morton

Adam Morton

Adam is a reporter, editor and a returned Tasmanian, having moved back to Hobart in 2015. He is environment editor of Guardian Australia, and a co-founder of Tasmanian Inquirer.

He held several senior roles for The Age in Melbourne, and has reported and written for the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, BBC and Nature, among others. He has won several industry awards, including the United Nations Association of Australia media award for environmental reporting three times.
Mark Horstman

Mark Horstman

Mark is a prodigal Queenslander who after more than a decade, now calls Hobart home. A zoologist by training, his specialty in science communication has been honed across multiple careers in conservation advocacy, Aboriginal land management, broadcast journalism with Radio National and Catalyst at the ABC, and currently with the media team at the Australian Antarctic Division. 

His role as a co-founder of Tasmanian Inquirer is to offer sage advice and provide support in social media, photography and graphic design.
Web Site development, maintenance and support.
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