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Mark MacKinnon

Mark MacKinnon
Senior International Correspondent

Area of Expertise

International relations, Canada's role in the world

Mark MacKinnon is currently based in London, where he is The Globe and Mail's Senior International Correspondent. In that posting he has reported on the refugee crisis, the rise of Islamic State, the war in eastern Ukraine, and the Brexit referendum. He was internationally recognized for his 2016 story "The Graffiti Kids," which followed the lives of the teenagers who inadvertently started the Syrian war.

Mark spent five years as the newspaper's Beijing correspondent. There he won accolades for his investigations into the garment industry in Asia and for his reporting from the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Mark has also been posted to the Middle East and Moscow for The Globe and Mail. He has covered the arrival of Canada's troops in Afghanistan, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, Russia's war in Chechnya, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah conflict.

A seven-time National Newspaper Award winner, Mark is also the author of The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections and Pipeline Politics - which was published in 2007 by Random House - and The China Diaries, an e-book of his train travels through the Middle Kingdom along with photographer John Lehmann.

He has interviewed many world leaders, including Shimon Peres, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Jordan's King Abdullah II.

Why did you become a journalist?


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail



Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University, 1997

Honours & Awards

2017 - Story of the Year for "The Graffiti Kids Who Spaked the Syrian War" - Foreign Press Association (UK)

2016 - Journalist of the Year - National Newspaper Awards

2016 - National Newspaper Award, International Reporting, for coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis and its fallout

2014 - National Newspaper Award, International Reporting, for coverage of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

2011 - National Newspaper Award, Breaking News, for coverage of the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan

2011 - National Newspaper Award, Business Reporting, for coverage of the Sino-Forest scandal (with Andy Hoffman)

2003 - National Newspaper Award, Short Features, for a story about life, love, and war in a leper colony in Iraq

1999 - National Newspaper Award, Business Reporting, as part of a team that exposed insider trading on Canadian stock exchanges

Languages Spoken

English, French, Russian, conversational Arabic and Chinese (putonghua)

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