Carol Off has a flair for current affairs.
Her passion for storytelling is carried across the airwaves on CBC Radio’s As It Happens, a show she co-hosts with journalist Jeff Douglas.
Carol’s vibrant career as a television and radio journalist has put her in the crux of many breaking stories on the national and international stage. She has covered the fallout of 9/11, the post-war reconstruction of the Balkans, and the war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia.
The latter went to the printed page in her best-selling book, The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda (Random House), shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
“The book’s greatest strength lies in its informative outlines of those conflicts, with gripping and readable summary enhanced by evocative scene-setting,” wrote Derek Weiler in a review for Quill & Quire.
Carol’s coverage of Canadian peacekeepers in Croatia in 1993 became The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War (Random House). It was awarded the Dafoe Foundation Award in 2005.
For more than a decade, Carol has been involved with the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. She sat on the board of directors from 2001 to 2007 and has been the Chair of the CJFE Gala since 2004.
“Free expression is a big part of my life because I think it’s threatened all of the time, it’s threatened in this country,” she said in an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos.
Carol hit the sweet spot with her latest release Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet (Vintage Canada), by lifting the veil on the cocoa industry and revealing a history of exploitation.
Carol has won numerous awards for her media work, including a Gemini and two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television.
She lives in Toronto with her husband, broadcaster and novelist Linden MacIntyre.