Victor Malarek

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Victor Malarek
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Victor Gregory Malarek

(1948-06-26) 26 June 1948 (age 70)
Nationality Canada
Occupationauthor, journalist
TelevisionThe Fifth Estate
AwardsGemini Award

Victor Gregory Malarek (born 26 June 1948 in Lachine, Quebec) is a Canadian journalist and author. Currently, he is a senior reporter for CTV Television's W-FIVE.


Malarek was educated at the High School of Montreal, where he had a hard time, and in his youth he also experienced the child protection system. He gives a colourful account of his early days in his book Hey, Malarek! (1984),[1] which was a popular success and was made into a film.

From 1990 to 2000, Malarek was one of the hosts for CBC Television's the fifth estate. In 1997, he won a Gemini Award as Canada’s top broadcast journalist. Malarek also received four Michener Awards, three of these during his tenure with The Globe and Mail and the other at the fifth estate.

Malarek entered the world of journalism in 1968 as a copy boy for Weekend Magazine, and joined The Montreal Star as a police reporter in 1970. His first major assignment was reporting on the Quebec October Crisis. He became a The Globe and Mail writer in 1976.

In 1989, he was portrayed by Elias Koteas in the feature movie Malarek, based on his first book Hey, Malarek!. These works depict the journalist's turbulent youth. The 16-part CBC Television fictional drama series Urban Angel in the 1991–1992 season was also inspired by Malarek's life.

Malarek is the author of seven books, the most recent of which, Orphanage 41, was self-published with FriesenPress in 2014.


  • 1984: Hey, Malarek! : The True Story of a Street Kid Who Made It ISBN 0-7715-9795-9 (Macmillan Publishers)
    • French version Hé, Malarek! ISBN 2-89249-136-3, (Éditions du Trécarré, translation by Michel Beaulieu)
  • 1987: Haven's Gate: Canada's Immigration Fiasco, ISBN 0-7715-9497-6 (Macmillan)
  • 1989: Merchants of Misery, ISBN 0-7715-9429-1 (Macmillan)
  • 1996: Gut Instinct: The Making of an Investigative Reporter, ISBN 0-7715-7383-9 (Macmillan)
  • 2003: The Natashas: Inside the Global Sex Trade, ISBN 0-670-04312-5 (Viking Books)
  • 2009: The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It, ISBN 1559708905 (Key Porter)
  • 2014: Orphanage 41, ISBN 978-1-4602-4414-2 (FriesenPress)


  1. ^ Victor Malarek, Hey, Malarek! (Toronto: Macmillan, 1984) ISBN 0-7715-9795-9

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