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Michael is a journalist with experience at the Toronto Star, National Post, Chicago Sun-Times, and the New York Daily News amongst others.
According to Toronto Star Publisher John Cruickshank, Michael is "a proven newsroom leader with exceptional creative talents" and "an intensely competitive journalist and is passionate about this newspaper's enduring values and principles".
Check out the rewards for this Time Auction. Meet Michael face-to-face and glean a bit of his vast experience in reporting, journalism, and publishing. Michael loves to give back and would love to meet you too!
In the first video, Michael Cooke, editor of the Toronto Star, appears in a video broadcast at the CJF 15th Annual Awards Gala at The Fairmont Royal York on June 7, 2012. The next two videos are of Michael accepting the 2010 and 2011 Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award in the large/national media category on behalf of the Toronto Star.
"Good reporters are everything," says Cooke. "The bloggers come out there to pick the pockets of the dead, but it's the reporters that do the real journalism."
Michael has had a distinguished career as a senior editor for newspapers both in Canada and the United States.
Before becoming Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Star, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, which has one of the largest newspaper readerships in the United States. He has also served as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times News Group, overseeing more than 100 titles and editions.
Michael is also a former Editor-in-Chief of the New York Daily News, a former Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Province, a former Managing Editor of the Edmonton Journal and a former Co-Managing Editor of the Montreal Gazette. He worked at the Toronto Star from 1974 to 1977, where he became Assistant National Editor.
Born and raised in England, Michael started his career as an apprentice reporter and later worked on newspapers in London and Bristol before immigrating to Canada.
About the Toronto Star and thestar.com
The Toronto Star, founded in 1892, is read in print and online (thestar.com) by 3.0 million readers each week. The Toronto Star is a division of Star Media Group, which includes Toronto.com, Torstar Syndication Services, The Grid city magazine and Star Content Studios. Star Media Group also includes the majority-owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and London, and the jointly-owned Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao. Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, which is a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation.
Bidders on this reward must be able to get themselves to Toronto in order to receive their reward.
Eat lunch with Michael and tour the Toronto Star
Grab a healthy lunch with Michael at One Yonge Street - the Toronto Star headquarters. Feel free to ask him anything about his career in publishing, his love for investigative journalism, or his rugby skills. Michael will also give you a tour of the newsroom, and maybe get you a chance to have a chat with the investigative editor. You will be doing this tour with up to two other bidders.
Brainstorm an investigative journalism topic with Michael
Michael loves the work that reporters do. In this reward, spend an hour discussing with Michael a topic you think you is worth investigating and hear his thoughts on it and how you should approach it. If what you end up writing is good enough, Michael will personally tweet it out to his followers... or maybe even tweet it out from the Star itself.