Marcus Gee is a columnist for the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. Born in Toronto, he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a degree in modern European history, then worked as a reporter for The Province, Vancouver's morning newspaper. He spent four years in Asia in the early 1980s, the first three in Hong Kong as an editor, writer and correspondent for Asiaweek magazine, the last as a reporter for United Press International in Manila and Sydney. After returning to Canada, he worked as a foreign affairs writer at Maclean's magazine and as senior editor at the Financial Times of Canada. He joined the Globe in 1991 as an editorial writer and served as Editorial Page Editor from 2003 to 2006. His column on foreign affairs appeared on the Globe's editorial pages for 13 years. He served as Asia-Pacific Business reporter from 2007 to 2009. He has won three National Newspaper Awards for his writing. Amnesty International gave him the John Humphrey award for human-rights reporting in 2002. Among the events he has covered are the war in Kosovo, the upheaval in East Timor and the Rob Ford scandal in Toronto.