Award-winning gay journalist David Marr has announced he’s leaving his long-held post at Fairfax’s The Sydney Morning Herald.

His departure was announced to Fairfax staff by national editor Gary Linnell today. He told colleagues he was leaving to work on books, essays and other long-form projects.

Marr’s extensive portfolio of work includes acclaimed analysis of the Bill Henson censorship scandal, drug law reform and a groundbreaking insight into former prime minister Kevin Rudd, titled Power Trip.

The Walkley Award-winner’s most recent book, Panic, looked at the extraordinary level of fear in Australian society, particularly regarding racial and sexual minorities.

Marr has previously worked on ABC TV’s Four Corners and Media Watch programs and is also a frequent guest on Insiders.

Today is his 65th birthday.

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