Murdoch Davis

Out for a walk on mid-day break at Kaler Kantho newspaper in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Some of the best discussions and connections during training days and weeks come in these informal settings.

Experienced, knowledgeable journalist and media executive, with
a 40-year career, half in the print era, half in the digital age.
Skilled at business development, newsroom and business
transformation, leadership, organizational efficiency, revenue
development, workflow, reporting and writing skills and more.

2016-2019: Consultant, Toronto Star: labour contract negotiations, press
outsourcing, workflow, newsroom organization.
2014-2015: Business Development in USA for CP Media Services.

2009-2013: Executive Editor, Toronto Star.
2006-2009: President, Midwest Suburban Publishing, Chicago;
Publisher, Daily SouthtownStar. Publisher/Editor, Post-Tribune
2005-2006: Weekly national column for Toronto Star (freelance)

2003-2005: Publisher, Winnipeg Free Press.
2001-2003: VP Editorial, Southam News/CanWest Publishing.
2000-2001: Deputy-publisher and Editor, Victoria Times-Colonist.
1992-2000: Editor-in-chief, Edmonton Journal.
1989-1992: Managing Editor, Edmonton Journal.
1979-1989: Asst. Managing Editor, City Editor, News Editor,
Assignment Editor, Reporter, Ottawa Citizen.
1976-1978: Reporter, feature writer, Toronto Star

2020: Two weeks training journalists in Dhaka and Savar, Bangladesh

2019: Two two-week training tours in India, including Mumbai, Kerala, Chennai, working with journalists brought together by WAN-IFRA and at The Hindu newsroom in Chennai, Malayala Manorama in Kerala.

2018: Two weeks training journalists, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2011: Four weeks training journalists in Ghana and Sierra Leone, working with Journalists for Human Rights.

Numerous professional development and training experiences
throughout my career. Winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Awards for editorial writing one year, runner-up the prior year, when I was privileged to do that work while also serving as editor-in-chief in Edmonton.Wrote a national column from western Canada for the Toronto Star 2003-2005


Born in New Waterford, Cape Breton, NS, Canada. Lived acrossCanada as one of eight kids in Armed Forces family, and as an adult and journalist. Lived 10 years in the United States, 2006-2009 and 2013-2019.

Dual citizen, Canada/USA


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