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Bonokoski is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism programme. He worked as a general assignment reporter with the Calgary Herald and then the Windsor Star before joining the Toronto Sun in 1974. He was promoted to columnist in 1977 and has served in various capacities with the Sun and its parent companies in the ensuing decades. He was Sun Media's European Bureau Chief from 1988 to 1991, based in London, England. In 1991, he was appointed editor of the Ottawa Sun and then became the paper's publisher and CEO in 1997. In 2000, he returned to writing as national affairs columnist for Sun Media and then returned to the Toronto Sun as a columnist in 2002. In 2010 he was appointed National Editorial Writer for the Sun chain of newspapers. In 2011, he also became a regular contributor on the chain's all-news channel, the Sun News Network, appearing regularly as a commentator or substitute host on various programmes.
Bonokoski is also a fishing and outdoor enthusiast and contributes commentaries to Outdoor Journal Radio as well as the Haliburton Broadcasting Group network of Moose-FM radio stations in Ontario's cottage country.
He has also been an instructor at Ryerson University's School of Journalism.