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Julian Sher

Senior Fellow
Investigative Journalist and Media Trainer

Julian is an award-winning TV documentary writer and director, journalist, newsroom trainer, and author of six books. For five years, Julian was the Senior Producer of CBC Television's the fifth estate and previously 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.