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Ted Barris

Photo: Eric Dumigan 2018

Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and TV Ontario, and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and the National Post, Barris has authored 18 non-fiction books, including seven bestsellers on Canadians in the Great War, the Second World War, the Korean War and the War in Afghanistan. Since completing his Bachelor of Applied Arts at Ryerson in 1971, Barris has pursued a freelance career across Canada and the United States.

His broadcast work has been heard and seen on CBC Radio & Television, the CTV Network, TV Ontario, ACCESS in Alberta, as well as on National Public Radio in the United States. His writing is regularly published in periodicals such as Legion magazine, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He also writes a weekly newspaper column - the Barris Beat - and recently retired as professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.

Among the awards Ted Barris has received: the international Billboard Radio Documentary Award, the Yorkton Film Festival’s Golden Sheaf, as well as numerous ACTRA nominations. In 1993, he received the Canada 125 Medal “for service to Canada and community.” In 2004, the Remembrance Service Association of Halifax recognized him with its Patriot Award. In 2006, the renowned 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canadian) Regiment presented its annual excellence award, the Bear Hackle Award. In 2011, the Ontario (116th) Regiment awarded him the Medallion of Excellence for his work in documenting military history. Also in 2011, he was recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. In 2012, the Air Force Association of Canada selected Ted Barris to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

His book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year. And in 2018, his latest book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany, was awarded the RCAF Association NORAD Trophy.

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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: Canadians Remember 1939-1945. Macmillan, 1995.
Playing Overtime: A Celebration 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 Canadian Music. HarperCollins, 2001.
Canada and Korea: Perspectives 2000. 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. 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.
The Great Escape: A Canadian Story. Thomas Allen, 2013
Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany. HarperCollins, 2018
Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire. HarperCollins, 2019


White Owl Conservation Award, Montreal, 1972.
Billboard Radio Documentary Award, New York, 1978.
Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton Film Festival, 1985.
Canada 125 Medal, 1993.
Remembrance Service Ass'n Patriot Award, Halifax, 2004
78th Fraser Highlanders Bear Hackle Award, Toronto, 2006
Uxbridge, Ontario, Citizen of the Year, 2010
116th Ontario Regiment Medallion of Excellence, 2011
Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, 2011
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year for The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, 2014
RCAF Association NORAD Trophy for Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany, 2018
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