MICHAEL COOKE
Editor-in-Chief, The Toronto Star

Core areas of expertise: Editorial leadership, editorial strategies, newsroom management

Michael has had a distinguished career as a senior editor for newspapers both in Canada and the United States, joining The Star from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief.

He is 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. Michael has also served as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times News Group, overseeing more than 100 titles and editions. 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.

Michael has travelled extensively in Africa in the last five years, most notable doing pro-bono work for the Canadian-based Journalists For Human Rights foundation. He has given journalism seminars in many countries, with longer stays in Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.