Finlay Macdonald has worked as a journalist, editor, publisher and broadcaster in New Zealand since 1986. He was editor of the New Zealand Listener
magazine from 1998 to 2003, commissioning editor at Penguin New Zealand from 2003 to 2005, and a weekly columnist for the Sunday Star-Times
from 2003 to 2011. He writes and presents for television and radio, teaches journalism at AUT, and lives in Auckland with his wife, broadcaster, Carol Hirschfeld, and their two children.