Julian Sher is an award-winning
investigative journalist in print, TV, radio and
on the Web.
He writes for The
Toronto Star, Canada's largest circulation
newspaper, and is a veteran TV
documentary writer and director as well as
an accomplished newsroom trainer and the author of
six widely-acclaimed books.
His latest book is Somebody's
Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's
Prostituted Children and The Battle to Save
Publisher's Weekly called the book
"a thorough, deeply affecting study … [that]
strikes a rare balance between revealing trauma
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
a best-selling true crime writer, his books have
sparked public debate, forced governments to
review cases and have spawned TV programs and
His previous book, One
Child at a Time: The Global Fight to Rescue
Children from Online predators, was
praised for being "riveting", "eye-opening" and
"fine and gripping... an important book that
ultimately calls on us to do what we can."
2006, the book he co-authored, 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." It has been translated into four
languages and sold in seven countries.
He also wrote the award-winning national
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
He has carried out investigative projects for the
New York Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and
the Toronto Star. In 2006, he directed a
nine-month investigation for the New York Times
and Discovery Times Channel called "Nuclear
Jihad: Can Terrorists get the Bomb?" In
2007, he went to Baghdad for the New York Times
and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to cover
the war in Iraq. The result was "The
Battle for Baghdad."
A recognized expert on the justice system and
crime, Julian Sher has been a keynote speaker at
several leading law enforcement conferences,
including the International Outlaw Motorcycle
Gangs Investigators Association in San Diego in
the fall of 2006, as well as the Vancouver Police
Homicide Conference, the British Columbia Crown
Prosecutors Conference, the Justice Institute
which trains police recruits, the Association of
Provincial Court Judges in Canada.
He has filmed, written and produced major
documentaries across the globe. For 10 years,
Julian Sher worked as an investigative TV producer
for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's
leading documentary show, "the fifth estate", from
1990 to 2000. 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.
Sher is also a web guru. He was the creator of JournalismNet,
ranked by Google as one of the world's top ten
journalism sites on the web and he has trained
journalists around the world to master the
Internet as a tool for investigative reporting.
assignment, Julian has also trained journalists
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.
becoming a network TV producer, Julian was a TV
reporter and producer in Montreal and a morning
radio show producer and writer. In all, he has
16 years experience as a TV and radio
has been active in media and human rights
issues. He is the former president of the Canadian
Association of Journalists and is a
current member of the advisory board of the Canadian
Journalists for Free Expression, which
monitors press freedoms around the world.
He is a graduate in Honours History from McGill
University in Montreal where he currently makes
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