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André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of six bestselling books.

André is a two-time winner of the Columns category at Canada's National Newspaper Awards, and past winner of prestigious Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism.

He was named Canada’s first Public Health Hero by the Canadian Public Health Association, and a Champion of Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from eight universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Why did you become a journalist?

To provide Canadians with information to improve their health and their lives, and to promote better policy choices by decision-makers.


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail


Bachelor of Commerce, University of Ottawa

Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University

Honours & Awards

National Newspaper Award, 2009

Best columnist, National Newspaper Awards, 2010 and 2020

Three-time finalist for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism

Professional affliations

Association of Health Care Journalists; Canadian Association of Journalism, Canadian Journalism Foundation; Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma; Journalism; Science Writers and Communicators of Canada

Languages spoken

French, English

André Picard abides by The Globe and Mail Editorial Code of Conduct

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