Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor of the fact-checking and news website Africa Check. He has written and worked for many of South Africa’s leading newspapers, among them City Press, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News, The Herald and Beeld, along with a number of international publications and agencies including Reuters, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Associated Press and Departures magazine.
His work on rhino poaching and organised wildlife crime has been featured in several television documentaries and magazine articles, among them Tom Hardy’s Poaching Wars, ABC Nightline’s Black Market Ivory, ZDF’s Ausverkauf der Menschenaffen, eNews Channel Africa’s Busting the illegal rhino horn trade, Fox Crime’s Rhino Wars and Outside magazine’s Hornswoggled. He is a member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.
Rademeyer, who gave up his job as chief reporter for Media24 Investigations to write Killing for Profit, has reported from some of the world’s most troubled countries including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Niger, Togo, Belarus, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.
In 2005 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for print news. He was a recipient of the 2009 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award for hard news. He has twice been a finalist for the Taco Kuiper Award, South Africa’s leading investigative journalism prize. His work has also been published in Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa’s Investigative Journalism.
Killing for Profit was shortlisted for the 2013 Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize for non-fiction.