Author Tags: Humour, Journalism

“Canada’s most consistently controversial newspaper columnist…a tangier critic of complacency has rarely appeared in a Canadian newspaper.” -- Time magazine

Born in Hearne, Saskatchewan on August 31, 1932, Allan Fotheringham attended UBC where he was editor of The Ubyssey. He joined the Vancouver Sun as a sports reporter in 1954 and became a columnist in 1968. He has lived in London, England, Ottawa and Toronto where he did post-graduate studies, and he has travelled to more than 80 countries, including the Soviet Union and China. He won a Southam Fellowship in Journalism in 1964, the National Magazine Award for Humour in 1980, and was the first winner of the National Newspaper Award for column-writing. He was a columnist in Washington for five years, covering the Reagan and Bush administrations. Inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame in 1999, he received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver in 2002. Fotheringham delivered the annual Bruce Hutchison Lecture at the 22nd annual Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt in 2004. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate for letters from the University Of New Brunswick. Fotheringham's 1972 collection of Vancouver Sun columns, Collected and Bound, profiles the likes of Chief Dan George and Mayor Tom Campbell during the turbulent era when Vancouver's counter-culture was on the rise. He has provided the text for World According to Roy Peterson and published several other titles since leaving B.C. He began to write a regular column for Macleans magazine in 1975 but he didn't move to eastern Canada until a falling-out with Vancouver Sun management in 1979. He joined Front Page Challenge as a panelist in 1984. He received his first Honorary Doctorate from the University Of New Brunswick, a Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.), in 2003. He has long maintained a residence in British Columbia.

[Cartoon/book jacket illustration by Roy Peterson, 1972]


Boy from Nowhere: A Life in Ninety-One Countries (Dundurn 2011) 978-1-45970-168-7
Fotheringham's Fictionary of Facts and Follies (Key Porter, 2002)
Last Page First (Key Porter, 1999)
Birds of a Feather, The Press and the Politicians (1989)
Capitol Offence: Dr. Foth Meets Uncle Sam (Key Porter 1986)
Look Ma... No Hands (1983)
Malice in Blunderland (1982)
The World According to Roy Peterson with Gospel According to Allan Fotheringham (1979)
Collected and Bound (November House, 1972)

[BCBW 2011] "Journalism" "Humour" "November"