Dr Mark Hayes freelanced for ABC radio Queensland in the late 1970s. He was the researcher, occasional reporter and occasional producer of The 7.30 Report Queensland Edition between mid-1987 and the end of 1990, assisting with and reporting on the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Expo 88 and the last years of the Bjelke-Petersen regime. After leaving the ABC, Dr Hayes taught media and journalism at several universities, including Southern Cross University, UQ, QUT, and the University of the South Pacific in the immediate aftermath of the 2000 Fiji putsch. He was awarded his PhD in Humanities from Griffith University in 1995. Now ‘reluctantly retired’, Dr Hayes is also on the Committee of ABC Friends Queensland.