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Ted Barris

Photo: Quenby Massey 2012

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 16 non-fiction books, including six bestsellers on Canadians in the Great War, the Second World War and the Korean War. 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 is a 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, to Barris to recognize his "contribution to the awareness and preservation of Canadian military history and traditions." And 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 for "exemplary contributions by giving of himself and so both benefiting veterans and making manifest the principle that Canada's obligations to all who have served in the cause of Peace and Freedom must not be forgotten." 

In 2012, the Air Force Association of Canada selected Ted Barris to receive Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His citation read, in part: "The medal … is a tangible way to recognize outstanding Canadians ... who have built and continue to build this caring society and country through their service and achievements."

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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.


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
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