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William Stevenson

STEVENSON, William (Bill) (1925-2013)

William H. Stevenson was born in London, England and raised in France and England. He completed his education at Russell College, Oxford University. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot with the Royal Navy, training at a base near Kingston, Ontario.

Following the war he worked as a reporter for several British newspapers including the London Sunday Express and the Sunday Times. He immigrated to Canada in 1947, working as a journalist for the Toronto Star and Star Weekly.

From 1950 to 1963 he worked as foreign bureau chief for the Toronto Star and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Hong Kong, India, and Africa. Stevenson worked for many years as a war and foreign correspondent, and documentary filmmaker in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, and lived at various times in Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Peking. As a producer for CBC Television's 'Tuesday Night' he produced documentaries, and in 1954 he produced the first documentary on Red China for NBC and the BBC. Stevenson left the CBC in 1976 to devote more time to research and writing. He is the author of many articles and numerous books of fiction and non-fiction.

Stevenson delivered the James M. Minifie Memorial Lecture at the University of Regina in March 1983.

Archival Collections (Finding Aids in PDF format)

83-7 - Personal and Professional Papers. 1953-1979

84-4 - Various Authors Papers, Various Organizations and Publications. 1961-1982