Julian Sher, an award-winning TV documentary writer and director, journalist, newsroom trainer, and author, has joined the Centre for Free Expression (CFE) as a Senior Fellow.
“Julian Sher is a remarkable journalist, author, and newsroom trainer,” said James L. Turk, the Centre’s director. “The scope of Julian’s work and his achievements are exceptional.”
For five years, Julian was the Senior Producer of CBC Television's the fifth estate and prior to that he was an investigative journalist for The Toronto Star and the The Globe and Mail.
He has filmed, written, directed, and produced major documentaries across the globe, covering scandals, wars, and corporate intrigue in South Africa, Somalia, Holland, France, England, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
Julian’s Documentary, “Ghosts of Afghanistan” won the top award for Best Social/Political Documentary at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards, along with Best Editing and Best Writing. He is a three-time nominee for a Gemini and won for Best Documentary in 1997. He has also won a Governor General's award for Meritorious Public Service for uncovering miscarriages of justice. In 2006, Julian won the duPont-Columbia University Award (the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) for "Nuclear Jihad", a documentary based on a New York Times-CBC TV investigation into nuclear terrorism,
As a newsroom trainer, Julian has taught journalists at CNN, the BBC, and in newspapers and TV networks across Canada. He has trained Syrian journalists in Turkey for Journalists for Human Rights as well as journalists in Bangladesh, Kosovo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria.
He is the author of six books:
- Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's Prostituted Children and The Battle to Save Them
- One Child at a Time: the Global Fight to Rescue Children from Online Predators
- Angels of Death: Inside the Bikers' Global Crime Empire, co-authored by William Marsden
- The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada  co-authored by William Marsden
- "Until You Are Dead": Steven Truscott's Long Ride into History
- White Hoods: Canada's Ku Klux Klan