Charles Gordon recently retired after more than 40 years in journalism in Canada. Best known as a humour columnist, Gordon has also been an editorial page editor, managing editor, city editor, feature writer and books editor in a career with the Brandon Sun in Manitoba the Ottawa Citizen. He still writes a weekly column for The Citizen. He has six books to his credit, one of them a novel. Three of his books were finalists for the Leacock Medal, Canada’s most important humour prize. Gordon has freelanced extensively, including a 20-year stint as columnist with Maclean’s, Canada’s news magazine. He also wrote a television comedy series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In 2002, Gordon was writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa, where he mentored writers both within and outside the university.
He has been married for more than 40 years and has two grown children, John and Mary. His wife, Nancy, recently retired as senior vice president of CARE Canada, an international relief and development agency. Gordon has travelled with her to CARE projects in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Indonesia, Cambodia and East Timor, writing columns and feature articles about his travels.
Gordon also travelled widely as a child, following his father, an international civil servant, around the world. Gordon attended high schools in the United States, Japan, Egypt, Italy and Lebanon, before coming to Canada and getting a degree in political science from Queen’s University. Gordon is an amateur jazz trumpet player, and enjoys playing and watching baseball, basketball, golf and tennis. He will be teaching Opinion Writing at the National University of Rwanda.