Andrew Cohen

Best Selling Author, Award Winning Journalist, Professor of Journalism and International Affairs

Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen is a best-selling author, an award-winning journalist and a professor of journalism at Carleton University.

In a career of 41 years, he has worked in Ottawa, Toronto, Washington, London and Berlin. He has written for The Globe and Mail, Foreign Affairs, United Press InternationalTime,, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Maclean’s, The Financial Times of London, The New York Times, among other publications.

He has written seven books. While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World (2003), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His other books include A Deal Undone: The Making and Breaking of the Meech Lake Accord (1990); Trudeau’s Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1998); The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are (2007)Extraordinary Canadians: Lester B. Pearson (2008); and Lost Beneath the Ice: The Story of HMS Investigator (2013).

His latest book, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy’s 48 Hours That Made History (2014), has been called “a page turner”, “a home run”, and “an historical thriller” which one critic says “changes the way we think about JFK.” It has been nominated for three literary awards and optioned as a feature film in Hollywood.

He has won two National Newspaper Awards and three National Magazine Awards. For 17 years he has written a column for The Ottawa Citizen syndicated in Postmedia Newspapers. He appears weekly on CTV News Channel discussing U.S. politics.

A native of Montreal, Professor Cohen has an undergraduate degree in political science from McGill University and graduate degrees in journalism and international relations from Carleton University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge in England and the German Institute of International Affairs in Berlin.  More recently, he held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Canada-US Relations at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Between 1997 and 2001, he was correspondent and columnist in the United States for The Globe and Mail, based in Washington. He covered the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the disputed presidential election of 2000, and the re-opening of civil rights cases in the South.

Since 2001, he has been an associate professor at Carleton University in Ottawa at the School of Journalism and Communication.

He is the founding president of The Historica-Dominion Institute (Historica Canada), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Canada’s history and identity, which he ran between 2009 and 2011.

He is a member of the boards of The Trudeau Centre for Peace and Justice at University of Toronto, the Writer’s Trust Authors Advisory Committee, the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy and the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa.

He received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

He is married to Mary Gooderham, a journalist, author and editor. They have two children.


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