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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

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Edward Greenspon

Editor's Letter

Edward Greenspon took over as Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail in July, 2002, after 16 years with the paper. In an effort to communicate better with readers, he soon began writing a weekly letter on Page 2 of the Saturday edition.

Before assuming his current position, Mr. Greenspon was political editor of The Globe and Mail, writing a thrice-weekly column from Ottawa and co-hosting CTV's weekly current affairs program, Question Period.

From April, 1999, to October, 2000, he served as executive editor of The Globe and Mail. In this capacity, he was in charge of The Globe's news operations. He also was responsible during that period for designing and carrying out the editorial plan for the real-time Internet news operation on

Mr. Greenspon has an honours degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics, where he earned a masterís degree in politics and government.

Mr. Greenspon began his journalism career at the Lloydminster Times and also worked for the Regina Leader-Post and Financial Post before joining The Globe in 1986. He started at The Globe as a business reporter specializing in media industries. He later served as the paperís first European business correspondent, based in London, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He covered the economic integration of Europe and took an early interest in globalization, writing a series for The Globe on the global ambitions of Canadian companies such as Bombardier and Northern Telecom.

His time in Europe coincided with some of the great economic and political upheavals of the late 20th century. Mr. Greenspon was a witness to the Polish roundtable that led to the end of communist rule. He covered the revolution in Romania that overthrew strongman Nicolae Ceausescu. He was in Berlin in the aftermath of the fall of the wall and attended the unification of the two Germanies. He traveled to the Soviet Union for the aborted 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev and was in the Ukrainian Parliament for that countryís declaration of independence. He chronicled the economic and political integration of Western Europe and the fall of Margaret Thatcher.

Upon returning to Canada, he worked as managing editor of Report on Business and deputy managing editor of the entire newspaper before taking up the duties of Ottawa bureau chief in 1993. In Ottawa, he indulged in his twin loves of politics and economics. He co-authored a best-selling book on the Chretien governmentís struggles with the deficit and with the 1995 referendum. He is the winner of the 2002 Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. The book, Double Vision, The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power, was a co-winner of the 1996 Douglas Purvis Award for the best piece of policy writing in Canada. In the fall of 2001, he and pollster Darrell Bricker published Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset.

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