Doug Saunders

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Douglas "Doug" Richard Alan Saunders
Born 1967 (age 48–49)
Hamilton, Ontario
Occupation Writer

Doug Saunders (born 1967) is a British-Canadian journalist and author, and columnist for The Globe and Mail, a newspaper based in Toronto, Canada. He is the newspaper's international-affairs columnist, and a long-serving foreign correspondent formerly based in London and Los Angeles.


Saunders, a citizen of the United Kingdom and Canada, was born in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, educated in Toronto at York University. In his early twenties he was the Ottawa-based national bureau chief and writer for the Canadian University Press wire service.[1]

In the early 1990s he built a career in what was then the new field of online research and computer-assisted reporting for various Canadian journalists. He briefly worked as an editor for the left-leaning This Magazine.[citation needed] In 1995 he joined the Globe and Mail as an editorial writer and feature writer. In 1996, he created a specialized writing position on media, culture, advertising and popular phenomena. In 1999, he became the paper's correspondent in Los Angeles, noted for his writing on changes in U.S. society. He moved to London to become the paper's European Bureau Chief in 2004, and shifted the paper's European focus from breaking news to broader analysis of global trends. He has spent extensive time writing from Europe, Turkey, Iran, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and North Africa, including substantial reporting from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia during the Arab revolutions of 2011, and in Ukraine during its 2013-14 upheavals. His is married to the writer Elizabeth Renzetti and lives in Toronto.

His column, Reckoning, appears on Saturdays in the newspaper's Focus section, and is generally devoted to intellectual and ideological concepts behind the news, from a political perspective that is broadly rooted ideologically in social democracy and economically in liberalism; he also writes frequent weekday columns and posts on international affairs. Since 2013, he has also served as the Globe and Mail's Online Opinion Editor, where he created the Globe Debate Web portal, and launched several channels of online opinion/debate content and an interactive tool for online debates and panel discussions.[2]

Saunders has won the National Newspaper Award on five occasions: in 1998, 1999, and 2000 for critical writing; and in 2006 and 2013 for column writing.[3] In 2008, he was shortlisted for the award in international reporting, for a series of investigative articles on the state of the middle class around the world. He has also been shortlisted for the Canadian National Magazine Awards, in Public Issues.[4]


He is the author of the book Arrival City (2011), in which he visited 20 locations on five continents to study the effects of the final wave of rural-urban migration on the cities of the world. It was the winner of the $35,000 Donner Prize, honouring the best book on public affairs in Canada, one of the five finalists for the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize, and for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.[5] In 2015, Arrival City was on the 15-book longlist for the CBC's Canada Reads competition.[citation needed]

His 2012 book The Myth of the Muslim Tide documented the immigration, integration and political response to Muslim minorities in Europe and North America, and compared them to earlier populations of Roman Catholic and Jewish immigrants.