John Honderich, former publisher and editor of the Toronto Star, began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen (1973-76). He joined The Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and eventually became chief of The Star's Ottawa Bureau and later chief of the Washington Bureau.
After a stint as Deputy City Editor, he was appointed Business Editor of The Star in May 1984, the position he held until he took a leave of absence (1986) in London, England where he took several post graduate studies in economics and international trade at the London School of Economics.
At the same time, he wrote Arctic Imperative, published in the fall of 1987 by the University of Toronto Press, in which he outlined the serious dangers threatening Canada's North. In 1994, Honderich was appointed Publisher of The Star, a position he held for almost 10 years.
Before that, he served as Editor for a year and Editorial Page Editor for 18 months, which posting he took up after his leave of absence from the paper. Honderich has also served as Chairman of Canadian Press, Canadian Director for the World Association of Newspapers, and a director on the boards of the Canadian Newspaper Association, the Audit Bureau of Circulations and workpolis.com.
Honderich was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004 and a Member of the Order of Ontario in 2006. Most recently, he has been Special Ambassador to the Mayor of Toronto and then Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario. John Honderich, 60, is the father of two children, Robin, 25, and Emily, 23.