Ted Barris

Ted Barris
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Date of Birth
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Durham Region Background

I have made my living as a freelance writer/ journalist/ broadcaster/ author since the late 1960s. As freelance writer I settled in Uxbridge, Ontario in July 1988 and have been a resident there ever since. My broadcast material has been aired on CBC Radio and TV, CTV, TV Ontario, ACCESS TV in Alberta and National Public Radio in the U.S., etc. I have been published in newspapers and periodicals across the continent, most notably the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Regina Leader Post … Legion magazine, esprit de corps, Air Force magazine, Rolling Stone, Canadian Composer, RPM magazine, Zoomer and Canada’s History magazine (formerly The Beaver), etc.

  • Journalist
  • Broadcaster
  • Author
  • Periodical writer
  • Professor of Journalism (Centennial College, East York Campus, Toronto)
  • Radio & TV Arts (Ryerson Polytechnical, 1971)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Ryerson University, 1976)
Honours and Awards
  • 2010 Citizen of the Year (Uxbridge Township)
  • 2006 78th Fraser Highlanders Bear Hackle Award (writing award)
  • 2006 and 2008 short-listed Pierre Berton History prize
  • 2004 Remembrance Service Association Patriot Award (Halifax, N.S.)
  • 2002 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (University of Texas at Austin)
  • 2002 and 2006 short-listed Wicken Teaching Excellence Award (Centennial College)
  • 2000 Korea Veterans Association of Canada (made honourary member)
  • 1993 Canada 125 Medal (national award)
  • 1985 Golden Sheaf Award (Yorkton Film Festival)
  • 1981 Prix Anik Award for Television writing
  • 1978 International Billboard Radio Documentary Award
  • 1973 White Owl Conservation Award; Numerous ACTRA Award nominations
Literary Influences
  • Alex Barris
  • Pierre Berton
  • Studs Terkel
  • Gregory Clark
Organizations and Associations
  • Writers’ Union of Canada
  • Writers' Guild of Canada
  • ACTRA Performers Guild
  • Association of Canadian Clubs
  • Royal Canadian Military Institute
  • Korea Veterans Association of Canada
  • Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association
  • Writers' Community of Durham

Canadian History; Historical Nonfiction:

  • Fire Canoe: Prairie steamboat days revisited (McClelland & Stewart, 1977)
  • Rodeo cowboys, the last heroes (Prairie Books, 1981)
  • Positive power: The story of the Edmonton Oilers (ESP Publications, 1982)
  • Spirit of the west (Key Porter, 1987)
  • Behind the glory: The plan that won the allied air war (Macmillan, 1992)
  • Days of victory: Canada remembers 1939-1945 (Macmillan, 1995)
  • Playing overtime: A celebraton of Oldtimers' hockey (Macmillan, 1995)
  • Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953 (Macmillan, 1999)
  • Carved in Granite, 125 years of granite club history (Macmillan, 1999)
  • Making music: Profiles from a Century of making music (Harper Collins, 2001)
  • Canada and Korea: Perspectives 2000 (contributor, U of T, 2002)
  • Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944 (Thomas Allen, 2004)
  • Days of victory, 60th Anniversary edition (Thomas Allen, 2005)
  • Behind the glory: Canada's role in the allied air war (Thomas Allen, 2006)
  • Victory at Vimy: Canada comes of age, April 9-12, 1917 (Thomas Allen, 2007)
  • 101 Things Canadians should know about Canada (contributor, Key Porter, 2008)
  • Breaking the silence: Veterans' untold stories from the Great War to Afghanistan (Thomas Allen, 2009)
  • Deadlock in Korea, 60th Anniversary edition (Thomas Allen, 2010)
Public Speaking Topics
  • Book Talks