Ian Heads has covered Australian sport for newspapers and magazines for 50 years. Since 1988, he has authored or co-authored more than 40 sporting books. Among the champions Heads has worked with during the past 25 years are Jack Gibson, Arthur Beetson, Peter Sterling, Wayne Pearce, Shane Webcke, Mark Taylor, Matthew Burke, Ian Thorpe, Louise Sauvage and Herb Elliott. He has written major sporting histories, including the centenary book of Australian rugby league (2008). In 2010, he received an Order of Australia for service to the media as a sports journalist, author and mentor. In 1974, Heads was the senior rugby league writer for Sydney's Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.