Cecil Rosner has been a professional journalist in Canada for more than four decades, concentrating for most of that time on reporting and supervising investigative journalism projects. He has taught the principles of investigative journalism widely, and is the author of the definitive history of the genre in Canada – Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada, published by Oxford University Press. He was with the CBC for 31 years, and his last position was as executive producer of The Fifth Estate, CBC's flagship investigative journalism program. For 13 years he served as managing editor of CBC Manitoba, overseeing all editorial content on radio, television and online. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg. His journalism has won many awards, including Michener, Gemini, CAJ, RTDNA and New York and Columbus Film Festival prizes. In 2019, he was given a lifetime achievement award by the Radio Television and Digital News Association.
Cecil is an Expert-level chess player and has written about the game for numerous publications over the years. His articles have appeared in the Winnipeg Tribune, London Free Press, Winnipeg Free Press, New in Chess, Inside Chess, Chess Canada, En Passant, Chess Life and many others. In 2006 he was given the International Organizer designation by FIDE, the international chess federation. He is a board member of the Manitoba Chess Association.