Daniel Bateman is a senior journalist at the Cairns Post, mainly covering science and the environment. As one of the few – perhaps only – Australian reporters with a degree in marine biology, Dan has extensively covered everything from the Reef to the rainforest, and interviewed leading natural history figures including Sir David Attenborough, David Suzuki, Ron and Valerie Taylor, Dr Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ben Cropp, and Bob Irwin.
He has received several awards for his work, including, most recently, the Invasive Species Council’s Froggatt Award 2015, for raising awareness of the threat yellow crazy ants pose to the Wet Tropics.
Dan completed his science degree at James Cook University in 2001, and having always nurtured a passion for storytelling, decided to pursue a career in journalism.
He started as a cadet at the Northern Miner newspaper in Charters Towers in the early 2000s, before working at the Armidale Express in northern NSW. In 2005, he returned north to work at the Townsville Bulletin, and then the Post, where he has remained ever since.
He has also penned several on-and-off weekly columns, ruminating about (among things), bad politicians, medicinal marijuana, health insurance, religious and racial intolerance, and why we need grated cheese.
In addition to his work as a journalist, Dan is also an award-winning playwright, having penned five short plays, one of which, titled “Insert Name Here” (yes, that was its actual title), was named Best Drama at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival in Townsville in 2014, and went on to become a finalist in the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival in Sydney in 2015.