Bio

STEPHEN KIMBER, a Professor of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster.

He is the author of one novel — Reparations (Harper Collins, 2006) — and nine non-fiction books, including:

  • What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five(Fernwood, 2013)
  • Halifax: Warden of the North (co-author, updated edition) (Nimbus 2010)
  • IWK: A Century of Caring (Nimbus, 2009)
  • Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Faster Fall of Shelburne, NS 1783-1792 (Doubleday 2008);
  • Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War (Doubleday, September 2002);
  • NOT GUILTY: The Trial of Gerald Regan (Stoddart, 1999);
  • Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash (Doubleday, 1999/ Nimbus 2013);
  • More Than Just Folks (Pottersfield, 1996); and
  • Net Profits (Nimbus, 1990).

His writing has appeared in almost all major Canadian publications including Canadian Geographic, Saltscapes, Financial Post Magazine, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Elm Street, En Route, Chatelaine, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the National Post. His op-ed, “The Cuban Five Were Fighting Terrorism: Why Did We Put Them in Jail” was published by the Washington Post in October 2013.

Between 1985 and 2002, he was a weekly political and general interest columnist for the Daily News in Halifax, Canada. He resumed his column again in the spring of 2004 and continued until the paper folded in 2008. He currently writers a weekly column on local and provincial politics for Metro’s Halifax edition. He is also currently a Senior Features Writer for The Coast, a Halifax-based alternative weekly. One of his articles for The Coast — “The Last Best Hope” — was selected as a Nieman Notable Narrative. Another — “Is Corey Wright the Wrong Man” — is available through Byliner. He is also a Contributing Editor to Atlantic Business Magazine.

He has won:

  • a Dan McArthur Award for excellence in radio documentary production,
  • a regional ACTRA award for documentary writing,
  • a Canadian Food Writers’ Award for the best magazine article on the Canadian Food Industry,
  • a National Author’s Award for Best Business Magazine article,
  • an Honourable Mention from the Centre for Investigative Reporting for investigative reporting,
  • four Gold Awards and numerous Silvers from the Atlantic Journalism Awards for magazine writing,

and has been a finalist on several occasions for National Magazine Awards in a variety of categories, including Best Overall Article, Column Writing and Religious Journalism.

  • Sailors, Slackers won a Dartmouth Book Award, the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Award for Nonfiction and a Torgi Award for its portrayal of Halifax at war.
  • Reparations was shortlisted for both the Dartmouth Fiction Award and the Arthur Ellis Crime Writers of Canada First Novel Award.
  • Loyalists and Layabouts was shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson and Dartmouth Nonfiction Awards.
  • What Lies Across the Water  was long-listed for a Libris Award as Nonfiction Book of the Year for 2013 by the Canadian Booksellers’ Association.

Since 1983, he has taught journalism fulltime at the University of King’s College, where he specializes in creative nonfiction writing, newspaper reporting and editing and online journalism. From 1996-2003, in 2007-08 and 2013-14, he served as Director of the School of Journalism. In 1998-99, he was concurrently a Research Fellow with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2013, he co-founded King’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree program.

He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

He and his wife, Jeanie Kimber, live in Halifax. They have three grown children.

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