Speaker Profiles

John Ibbitson

John Ibbitson

Chief Political Writer

The Globe and Mail

John Ibbitson, Chief Political Writer for the Globe and Mail and winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, has lived numerous writing lives.

He was born in the Ontario town of Gravenhurst, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1979 with an Honours B.A. in English and from the University of Western Ontario in 1988 with an M.A. in  Journalism.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Ibbitson worked as a reporter, columnist and Queen’s Park correspondent for Southam papers, before joining the Globe in 1999, where he served as Queen Park’s columnist, Washington bureau chief, Ottawa political affairs correspondent, and Washington columnist and commentator, before returning to Ottawa in 2009 as bureau chief. He assumed his duties as Chief Political Writer in 2012.

Along the way Ibbitson published four works of political analysis: Promised Land: Inside the Mike Harris Revolution (Prentice Hall, 1997); Loyal No More: Ontario’s Struggle for a Separate Destiny (HarperCollins, 2001); The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream (McClelland and Stewart, 2005) and Open and Shut: Why America has Barack Obama and Canada has Stephen Harper (McClelland and Stewart, 2009). He is also a writer of plays and of novels, including The Landing (Kids Can Press, 2008), which won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature.

His latest work is The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business and Culture, and What it Means for Our Future (HarperCollins, 2013),  which he co-wrote with Darrell Bricker.

Ibbitson’s writing has also been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, as well as the Donner Prize, the National Newspaper Award, the Trillium Award and the City of Toronto Book Award.

Apart from writing, John Ibbitson’s interests include reading (mostly history and biography) music (mostly classical) and playing poker with reporters.

He can be reached at: John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail, 100 Queen St., Suite 1400, Ottawa, Ont., Canada K1P 1J9 or jibbitson@globeandmail.com .

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