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John Sawatsky


John Sawatsky

SAWATSKY, John (b.1948)
Journalist, Writer, Educator

John Sawatsky was born in Winkler, Manitoba in 1948. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, he has taught and lectured on journalism at various universities. These include Carleton University and the University of Regina.

A former parliamentary correspondent with the Vancouver Sun, Sawatsky left daily journalism in 1979 to embark on a career as the author of several acclaimed books. His works include Men in the Shadows: The RCMP Security Service (1980), For Services Rendered: Leslie James Bennett and the RCMP Security Service (1982), Gouzenko: The Untold Story (1984), The Insiders: Government, Business, and the Lobbyists (1987), and Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition (1991).

In 1976 Sawatsky received the Michener Award for meritorious public service in the field of journalism. He has received various other professional honours and awards including the Ottawa Citizen Book of the Year for The Insiders and the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award for Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition.

John Sawatsky now lives in the United States.

Photo courtesy: John Sawatsky
Photo credit: Fred Chartrand

Archival Collections (Finding Aids in PDF format)


84-38 - Research Materials for Goezenko: The Untold Story. 1942-1984

84-52 - Research Materials. 1977-1980

85-26 - Research Materials for Goezenko: The Untold Story. 1953-1984

85-90 - Personal Papers, including Manuscripts for Men in the Shadows and For Services Rendered.

94-73 - Interviews for The Insiders. 1982-1987

2004-17 - Research Materials for Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition. 1974-1991