Julian Sher
Investigative journalist, author and trainer
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Biography for Julian Sher

Julian Sher is an award-winning investigative journalist in TV, print, radio and on the Web.

Julian Sher is the Senior Producer of CBC's the fifth estate, Canada's premiere investigative TV program.

He is a veteran TV documentary writer and director as well as an accomplished newsroom trainer and the author of six widely-acclaimed books. He has been an investigative journalist for Canada's two leading newspapers, The Toronto Star and the The Globe and Mail.

His latest book is Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's Prostituted Children and The Battle to Save Them. Publisher's Weekly called the book "a thorough, deeply affecting study … [that] strikes a rare balance between revealing trauma and hope."

His previous book, Caught in the Web: Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators has been hailed by reviewers as "riveting" "eye-opening and "gripping." His writings on child abuse have appeared on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Maclean's magazine and the OpEd page of USA Today.

Julian wrote and directed a New York Times-CBC TV investigation into nuclear terrorism called "Nuclear Jihad" which won the duPont-Columbia University Award, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, in 2006.

A recognized expert on the justice system and crime, Julian Sher has been a keynote speaker at several leading law enforcement conferences.  He co-authored two books on outlaw motorcycle gangs, The Road to Hell and Angels of Death: Inside the Biker's Global Crime Empire, was been hailed as "a devastating indictment of the gangs' drug-running and racketeering across three continents" and  has been translated into several languages and sold in seven countries.

He also wrote the award-winning national bestseller Until You Are Dead: Steven Truscott's Long Ride Into History about Canada's most famous murder trial, which led to an official re-opening a 40-year-old case. His first book was White Hoods: Canada's Ku Klux Klan, an expose of racism in Canada which is still cited as the main source of the subject in the encyclopedias.

He has filmed, written and produced major documentaries across the globe.  He covered scandals, wars and corporate intrigue in South Africa, Somalia, Holland, France, England, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States and Canada. He is a three-time nominee for a Gemini (Canada's equivalent of the Emmys for TV), and won a Gemini for Best Documentary in 1997. He also won a Governor General's award for Meritorious Public Service for uncovering miscarriages of justice.

As a newsroom trainer, Julian has taught journalists at CNN, the BBC, and in newspapers and TV networks across Canada. He has also trained in Kosovo for the Canadian International Development Agency, and in the African countries of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria for the World Bank. He also consulted for the OECD in Paris and UNICEF in New York.

Julian has been active in media and human rights issues. He is the former president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and is on the CAJ's Ethics Advisory Panel.

He is a graduate in Honours History from McGill University in Montreal.

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