Mark Bourrie, BA (Waterloo, History) MJ (Carleton journalism), PhD (Ottawa, History) JD (Ottawa, Common Law) wrote for the Globe and Mail from 1978 to 1989 and for the Toronto Star from 1989 to 2004. He also contributed to other newspapers and major magazines in Canada and the United Kingdom.
He was a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery from 1994 to 2018.
In 2018, he was called to the bar and now practices law in association with former Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin
He taught media history and journalism at Concordia University, history at Carleton and Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Mark is the author of 13 books. The most recent, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre Radisson, was a Canadian best-seller, winner of the $30,000 RBC Charles Taylor Prize for literary excellence, was short-listed for the Ottawa city book award, and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. His 2015 book Kill the Messenger: Stephen Harper’s Assault on Your Right to Know, was placed on the Globe and Mail list of Top 100 books of that year. The Fog of War: Censorship of Canada’s Media in The Second World War, an adaption of his PhD thesis, reached No. 6 on Maclean’s magazine’s best-seller list in 2011.
Bourrie has won several major media awards, including a National Magazine Award, and has been nominated for several others. His academic writing has been published in Canada and The Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp (Geoff Hayes et al, eds, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012), the Global Media Journal and the Canadian Journal of Communication.
He is also a consultant on propaganda and censorship at the Canadian Forces Public Affairs School.