Geoffrey York, who was born in Ottawa, began working for The Globe and Mail in 1981 after graduating from Carleton University's journalism school. He has also worked for the Ottawa Journal and the Ottawa Citizen.
Since 1981 he has held the following positions with The Globe and Mail: health policy reporter, editorial writer, education reporter, Toronto city hall bureau chief, feature writer, Winnipeg bureau chief, Ottawa parliamentary correspondent, Moscow bureau chief (1994-2002), and Beijing bureau chief (2002 to present).
He has been a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards and has received several other journalism awards. He is the author or co-author of three books, including bestselling books on Canadian aboriginal issues. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and has covered wars in Somalia, Sudan, Chechnya, the Balkans, the Middle East and Afghanistan.