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Allan Fotheringham

Allan Fotheringham has been writing a column for 33 of his 47 years in journalism, first with the Vancouver Sun and later with Southam News, The Financial Post and Sun Media.

He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he was the editor of The Ubyssey. Fotheringham claims to have previously worked as a steelworker and in a food-processing plant, spreading frozen peas.

He has lived in Hearne, Saskatchewan, where he was born and started out in a one-room schoolhouse; in London, England, where he dabbled in Fleet Street (with little visible impact); in Ottawa (where he did leave a visible impact); and Toronto, where he did post-graduate work and consumed a lot of sherry. His musings have appeared in the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong, the Christian Science Monitor and the Chilliwack Progress.

He has travelled widely in some 86 countries, has reported from the Soviet Union and China and has been in Africa five times over 20 years. Attempting to avoid work, he now lives, more or less permanently, in Toronto counting the days until he can retire to Positano, Italy.

Fotheringham was a columnist in Washington for five years, covering the Reagan and Bush administrations and has travelled extensively in the United States, missing only four states.

At present, Fotheringham is a columnist for Maclean's magazine (where he has written on the last page for 26 years) and has also, just recently joined The Globe And Mail. He was a ten-year panelist on the famous Canadian television show, Front Page Challenge.

Fotheringham was the 1964 winner of the Southam Fellowship in Journalism, the 1980 winner of the National Magazine Award for Humour, and the first winner of the National Newspaper Award for column-writing. In 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame along with Conrad Black.

A letter to the editor once said, "He is the greatest cobweb-blower and guff-remover in Canadian journalism." Time magazine has described him as "Canada's most consistently controversial newspaper columnist…a tangier critic of complacency has rarely appeared in a Canadian newspaper."

Fotheringham feels the smartest thing he has ever done is his 1998 marriage to Toronto Art Dealer, Anne Libby. The two of them crowned the Millennium with a six-week tour of South America and spent Christmas Day in Antarctica holding hands with a penguin.

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Last Page First. Key Porter, 1999.
Birds of a Feather: the Press and the Politicians. Key Porter, 1989.
Look Ma ... No Hands. Key Porter, 1983.
Malice In Blunderland. Key Porter, 1982.


Inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame, 1999.
National Magazine Award for Humour, 1980.
National Newspaper Award for column-writing, 1980.
Southam Fellowship in Journalism, 1964.
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