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Cities, the opioids crisis

Marcus Gee is a columnist for The Globe and Mail. Born in Toronto, he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a degree in modern European history, then worked as a reporter for The Province, Vancouver's morning newspaper. He spent four years in Asia in the early 1980s, the first three in Hong Kong as an editor, writer and correspondent for Asiaweek magazine, and the last as a reporter for United Press International in Manila and Sydney.

He joined The Globe in 1991 as an editorial writer and served as Editorials Editor from 2003 to 2006. He has also served as international-affairs writer, Asian business reporter and Toronto columnist. Among the issues and events he has covered are the war in Kosovo, the upheaval in East Timor and the Rob Ford scandal in Toronto. Marcus has won six National Newspaper Awards for his writing, three of them for his sustained coverage of Canada’s ongoing opioids crisis.

Why did you become a journalist?

I express strong points of view in my column, but recognize others may differ, and I value respectful debate.


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail


Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia

Honours & Awards

Amnesty International John Humphrey Award, 2002

National Newspaper Award, 2021

National Newspaper Award, 2021

National Newspaper Award, 2019

National Newspaper Award, 2017

National Newspaper Award, 2001

National Newspaper Award, 1998

Languages spoken


Marcus Gee abides by The Globe and Mail Editorial Code of Conduct

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