Geoffrey York is one of the longest-serving foreign correspondents in Canada, and one of The Globe and Mail's longest-serving journalists. After a 13-year career in bureaus and beats in Canada, he has worked in foreign bureaus since 1994, beginning in Moscow (1994 to 2002), then in Beijing (2002 to 2008) and then in Johannesburg (2009 to the present).
He has won awards for his investigative reporting and for his coverage of Indigenous issues in Canada and abroad. Geoffrey covered the Oka crisis in 1990 as one of the few journalists who remained inside the siege during its final weeks. He has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere.
He has written or co-written three books: The Dispossessed (about Indigenous issues in Canada); People of the Pines (about the Oka crisis); and The High Price of Health (about medical politics in Canada). Two of his books were national bestsellers in Canada.
Why did you become a journalist?
After almost three decades as a foreign correspondent, I have an understanding and respect for the complexity of issues in Africa, Asia, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Those issues can sometimes be perplexing, but my commitment is to explaining the world in clear and coherent stories that show the humanity of people everywhere.
Years in Journalism
Years at The Globe and Mail
Honours & Awards
National Newspaper Award
National Magazine Awards