A Melbourne journalist and communication adviser, John spent 25 years on the Melbourne Age, in various positions including chief police reporter, feature writer, sub-editor and editorial training executive. Overseas reporting assignments have taken him to Africa, Europe and Papua New Guinea.
John is a Leadership Victoria Williamson Fellow, an active member of the Melbourne Press Club, and a Quill Awards judge for outstanding journalism.
A former chair of the RMIT journalism course advisory committee and the police-media liaison committee, he was media manager for Victoria Police during the infamous ‘police shootings’ period of the 1990s and, later, head of media and public affairs at Deakin University.
Today he runs his own media and communication advice firm, John Allin & Associates.
John's Crime Shots story, Kirste's Wine, is more than an account of a real-life crime. It's a compelling, and personal account of his association over 35 years with the unsolved case of a missing girl.