Since 1990, Linden MacIntyre has been a co-host with the fifth estate, CBC Television's investigative program.
From 1964 to 1976, MacIntyre worked as print reporter in Halifax, Ottawa and Cape Breton; he joined CBC in 1976. Based in Halifax, he hosted, for three seasons, a regional current affairs program called The MacIntyre File. Late in 1979, on behalf of his program and the CBC, MacIntyre successfully initiated a legal action to clarify the right of public access to documentation regarding search warrants.
The case, MacIntyre versus the Attorney General of Nova Scotia, was eventually heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and resulted in a landmark decision affirming press freedom and the principle of transparency in the courts.
Between 1981-86, MacIntyre worked for CBC's ground-breaking national current affairs program, The Journal, and was assigned to documentary reporting in various parts of the world, including the Middle East, Central America and the USSR.
For two seasons, he was host and national editor for Sunday Morning on CBC Radio; then in 1988, MacIntyre returned to television and The Journal, and worked extensively on stories related to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
MacIntyre has won nine Gemini Awards, including three Gordon Sinclair Awards (best overall broadcast journalist). He has written and reported for numerous other award- winning projects including an International Emmy ("To Sell A War"), several Anik Awards ("The Trouble With Evan", "Promises of Glory", "To Sell A War", etc.), and the Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism ("His Word Against History - Steven Truscott's Story and Scandal of the Century - Saskatchewan Justice"). He has also written and presented award-winning documentaries for the PBS program Frontline.
MacIntyre's first novel, The Long Stretch, was published in October 1999; his first non-fiction book, Who Killed Ty Conn, co-authored by Theresa Burke, was published in 2000. His second novel, The Bishop's Man, was published in August 2009, and won the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has also published a memoir, in 2006, Causeway: A Passage From Innocence.
MacIntyre was born in St. Lawrence, Nfld., and grew up in Port Hastings, Cape Breton, N.S