Sarah Dingle

Investigative reporter and presenter

Sydney, Australia

Sarah Dingle

Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter across television, radio and online. Currently investigative radio documentary maker and TV news presenter for the Australian Broadcasting Corp.



Carers who kill

Almost one person with a disability is killed by their carer every three months in Australia. For the first time, Background Briefing has calculated this number by reviewing years of court documents and media reports. When a person with disabilities is killed, the burden of caring is often cited as a reason for the killing and may lead to lighter sentences.

Best laid plans: The Murray-Darling Basin in crisis (Part 1)

Australia is halfway into the most expensive environmental program ever mounted—the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. We've spent more than $8 billion trying to ensure the future of this crucial river system, but the plan is at risk of failing. Over two episodes, reporter Sarah Dingle investigates serious allegations that the money spent has been for very little environmental gain.

Death in Kalgoorlie

When a 14-year-old Indigenous boy was allegedly run over and killed by a 55-year-old white man driving a ute, a WA mining town erupted. Sarah Dingle investigates death and desperation in Kalgoorlie.

For Greater Glory

They were doped and they were duped. Thousands of young East German men, women and children were talent-spotted, scooped into intensive state-run training regimes and administered an array of “vitamins” or “supporting means”. We were willing, useful idiots. Parents gave their children to the state, like presents. – Ines Geipel, former sprinter.

The Baby Business

"All our savings go to IVF…Then you get that negative pregnancy result. There's another $6,000 gone." Grace is one of the tens of thousands of Australian women who have put their faith in fertility treatments to help conceive a much longed for baby. "Sometimes I feel like I'm a fraud of a woman.

Is the Joint Strike Fighter the right plane for Australia?

The JSF is not terribly fast and it’s not terribly agile, and the high tech helmet could take the pilots head off if there is a mishap. Sarah Dingle investigates the over budget and over due Joint Strike Fighter.

Inside the Matildas' strike

The Matildas are our most successful football team ever, but they are also the first national team to go on strike. It's also cost them financially and personally, so has it been worth it? Sarah Dingle investigates. This article represents part of a larger Background Briefing investigation. Listen to the full report on Sunday at 8.05 am or use the podcast links above after broadcast.

The Salvos: a matter of trust

As it embarks on its annual fundraising weekend, one of the country’s oldest charities is facing a crisis over claims of child sexual abuse. The Salvation Army has at least one known paedophile in its ranks and allegations of at least one other. Sarah Dingle investigates. UPDATE: The Salvation Army has apologised to the woman known as 'Bronte' who revealed in this program that she had been sexually abused by a Major in the Salvation Army.

The family trap: how the Royal Commission is missing many abuse cases

It's the institution in which the vast majority of child sexual abuse occurs but the victims won’t be able to tell their stories at the current Royal Commission. Children who are sexually abused by family members suffer the ultimate betrayal of trust, with nowhere else to go and no-one else to turn to.


Family bond: Sarah Dingle and her parents Siew and Gilbert. Photo: courtesy of Sarah Dingle. The discovery in her late 20s that she was conceived using a sperm donor was a huge shock to Sarah Dingle. But learning there was no possibility of finding out the name of her biological father was even more disturbing.

What's sacred now?

Ancient rock carvings on the Burrup Peninsula are among more than 1,000 sites the WA government removed or blocked from its Aboriginal heritage register in the last two-and-a-half years. In 2012 the government created a narrower definition of sacred sites. The Supreme Court has thrown out those changes, but the government now wants a single public servant to determine sacred sites.

How the law has failed children of anonymous sperm donors

Something happened over the weekend in Melbourne which has never happened anywhere before in the world. This is the future come home to roost. For decades, medicine has created miracle babies, while pretending that biology doesn't matter. The time for that pretence is over. Now it's time for the truth.


Sarah Dingle

Sarah is a dual Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter with the ABC.

She currently works across radio and TV current affairs, news and documentary. Her work has also won a UN Media Peace Prize, the Voiceless Media Prize, and the Australian College of Educators Media prize. Her radio documentaries have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, and the National Press Club. In 2010 she was the ABC's Andrew Olle Scholar. She tweets at @sarahdingle_.

She does not like melon.



  • Fluent Spanish