Social Media’s Impact on Journalism

Gary Mason began his journalism career in British Columbia in 1981, working as a summer intern for Canadian Press. One of his first assignments was covering the last days of the province’s favourite son, Terry Fox.

Mr. Mason would later go on to work for the Victoria Times-Colonist before joining The Vancouver Sun, where he worked for 19 years in a variety of roles, including legislative bureau chief, city editor and deputy managing editor before he began writing a popular sports column in 1997.

Mr. Mason joined The Globe and Mail in 2005 as a national columnist writing on B.C. and western Canadian affairs.

Mr. Mason has six times been the recipient of the Jack Webster Award, including as Commentator of the Year. He has also twice winner of the industry’s highest honor, a National Newspaper Award. Mr. Mason is the author or co-author of six books, including the No. 1 bestseller Patriot Hearts, which he wrote with John Furlong.

Mr. Mason split his early days between his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Sarnia, Ont., where he attended St. Patrick’s High School. He has lived in B.C. since 1979.

Mr. Mason is based in Vancouver with his wife, Barbara, also a writer and editor, and two sons, Jordan and Geoffrey.

Gary Mason

Columnist for The Globe and Mail


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