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Michael Cooke

Michael Cooke

Editor of the Toronto Star, Canada

Michael Cooke was appointed Editor of the Toronto Star on March 1, 2009. He was raised near Lancaster in Northern England and began his career at age 17 as an apprentice reporter. He moved on to work in and around London’s Fleet Street, and at Bristol’s Western Daily Press.

 In 1974, Michael emigrated to Toronto where he became assistant national editor at The Star, Canada's largest newspaper.  In 1977, he moved to The Gazette in Montreal where he served as assistant city editor, city editor and co-managing editor.  He moved to The Edmonton Journal in 1992 as managing editor. He became editor in chief of The Vancouver Province in 1995.

During the winter and spring of 1998, Michael was one of a team of founding editors of Canada’s new national newspaper, The National Post.  And, for the summer of 1998, Michael served as the last editor of The Financial Post. He supervised the paper’s merger with the new national newspaper.  During both periods, Michael continued to edit The Province, commuting between Toronto and Canada’s west coast.

Michael Cooke was named editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000.

He was appointed editor in chief of the New York Daily News in January of 2005, returning to Chicago as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times news Group (100 titles) in 2006.

Michael was also re-appointed editor in chief of the Sun-Times in the fall of 2006.

Michael has travelled extensively in Africa in the last five years, most notable doing pro-bono work for the Canadian-based Journalists For Human Rights foundation. He has given journalism seminars in many countries, with longer stays in Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has recently become a videographer