Rachael Brown is a broadcast journalist, and the creator, investigator, and host of the ABC’s first true-crime podcast Trace.
In 2002, she began her career with the ABC, where she has held several postings, including Europe Correspondent from 2010 to 2013.
In 2008, she won her first Walkley Award for Best Radio Current Affairs Report, for her investigation into the Victorian Medical Practitioners Board whose negligence contributed to the sexual assaults of a dozen women.
The first season of Trace, which reviewed the murder cold-case of Maria James, won the 2017 Walkley Award for Innovation and sparked a fresh coronial inquest. The podcast also won two 2017 Quill Awards: for Innovation, and for Best Podcast. In 2018, Rachael released a book based on the podcast titled Trace: Who Killed Maria James? (Scribe Publications). The book made the Walkley Book Award 2018 longlist.
The second season of Trace titled The Informer tells the story of Melbourne barrister turned police informer, Nicola Gobbo. It won the 2020 Walkley Award for Radio/Audio: Feature.