Paula Doneman is an award winning Australian Journalist and a leading figure in investigative journalism and covering and exposing crime stories in the Queensland region. Currently, she is employed as the Senior Investigative Producer and Crime Journalist at Seven News. She is also the author of the true crime book "Things a Killer Would Know: The True Story of Leonard Fraser"
Early Life and Education
As the daughter of a police officer and a psychologist from its very start her career was influenced by her parents. This lead to often discussions around the dinner table about politics and current affairs ever since she was young.
After graduating from the University of Queensland, Doneman began her career as a journalist at The Weekend Independent in 1992. There she continued her work on drug trade in prison which she had began at University as a result of a discussion with two prison officers. While the story was not initially well received, her work consequently inspired Queensland’s first commission of inquiry into the illicit drug trade.
After working for The Weekend Independent for four years, Paula moved to The Courier-Mail - a Brisbane based newspaper. There she co-founded The Courier-Mail Investigative Unit and continued to work for the paper for over a decade, firstly as Chief Police Reporter and then as Crime Editor. She then, in 2007, worked briefly for the Sunday Mail (Brisbane) as Crime Editor.
Following the Sunday Mail, she began to work for Seven News as the Senior Investigative Producer & Crime Journalist, where she continues to work as of present. She also occasionally contributes as a consultant on Australian and US documentaries.
In 2006, she published a biography on Leonard Fraser or the "Rockhampton rapist", an Australian serial killer. When she worked as Chief Police Reporter for The Courier-Mail, Paula Doneman covered the story from its very beginning and worked closely with the detectives that tracked Leonard Fraser down.  She hence published the true crime book "Things a Killer Should Know: The True Story of Leonard Fraser" - chronicling the crimes of Leonard Fraser and evaluating other crimes for which he remains a suspect.
Other than the story of Leonard Fraser, Paula Doneman also covered many other stories of high interest. In 2003 she won a Queensland Clarion Award, alongside a team of journalists, for best news coverage of the Natasha Ryan story - an Australian woman who went missing in 1998 and was discovered alive in 2003.
In 2014, Doneman and Carly Waters, a fellow journalist, were awarded Best TV report for their investigation into the murder of the Gold Coast Detective Damian Leeding and his killer.
However, the most notable story of Doneman's opus was in 2013 and her exposé of an illegal sex ring within the Australian Defence Force. She was awarded two rewards for this coverage - a Walkey for the best TV/AV story & the 2014 NSW Media Les Kennedy Award for outstanding investigative reporting.