Kim Bolan has been a reporter at The Vancouver Sun since her journalism career began in 1984. Bolan has reported on minority, women’s, education, and social services issues; wars in El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan; Sikh extremism, and the bombing and trials related to Air India Flight 182. CBC Radio has also featured Bolan's work.
Bolan grew up in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. She was a writer in high school, contributing to the Comox District Free Press and she sent stories on the bus to Victoria to be published in the daily Times Colonist newspaper. While attending the University of Victoria she worked as sports editor of The Oak Bay Star.
Awards and honours
Bolan has won or "been shortlisted for" 15 awards.
In 2000, the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (the National Press Club of Canada) presented its 1st Press Freedom Award (1999) to Bolan for continuing her investigations after she was "...threatened with violence and placed under police protection during her investigative reporting on the Air India bombing." David Kilgour, then Secretary of State, presented the award and concluded by saying "Today, in recognition of her strength of character, professionalism and courage to continue in her role as a leading journalist in the face of threats and other forms of extreme intimidation, the National Press Club of Canada is pleased to award the Press Freedom Award to Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun."
"Political storm" of 2007
In February 2007, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper caused "a political storm" by trying to read part of a Bolan article into the record of the Canadian House of Commons. He was suggesting his Liberal opponents were refusing to extend anti-terrorism measures in order to protect the father-in-law of a Member of Parliament.
Kim Bolan's first book, "Loss of Faith: How the Air-India Bombers Got Away With Murder", was published in 2005.
- "Author Spotlight : Kim Bolan". Random House. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "Alumni Profiles: Kim Bolan MA '84". University of Western Ontario. Faculty of Information & Media Studies. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Inside Vancouver: Crime and Punishment". Vancouver Magazine. June 1, 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "World Press Freedom Award Presentation:Speaking notes for Hon. David Kilgour". May 3, 2000. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "NEWS RELEASE: Canadian Kim Bolan wins IWMF Courage in Journalism Award". Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. 27 September 1999. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- IWMF website http://www.iwmf.org/article.aspx?id=565&c=cijwinner
- "Previous winners of the Press Freedom Award are:". Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- KIM BOLAN RECEIVES CANADIAN PRESS FREEDOM AWARD - International Press Freedom Information Exchange, May 2000
- "Journalist Kim Bolan chosen as the winner of the PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize". PEN Canada. October 3, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
In the jury’s words, “Kim Bolan has devoted much of her career to the Air India affair, which is probably the biggest criminal story in Canada of the past 20 years.
- "Canadian journalist hits out at Sikh extremism". The Times of India. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
... who continues to receive death threats via mail and telephone for her coverage of the Air India bombing.[dead link]
- No apology for Bains By Tenille Bonoguore, Globe and Mail Update and Canadian Press, Published February 22, 2007, Retrieved on June 22, 2007 (subscription required)
- Bolan, Kim (2005). Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder (Illustrated ed.). McClelland & Stewart. p. 380. ISBN 9780771011306.
- The Real Scoop - Kim Bolan's blog at The Vancouver Sun