As a television and radio journalist, Carol Off has been at the heart of breaking stories on the national and international stage. She covered the fallout from 9/11, post-war reconstruction of the Balkans, and the war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia.

Carol is the author of several best-selling non-fiction titles, including The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, which was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the Dafoe Foundation Award, and most recently All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others, winner of the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Carol co-hosts CBC Radio’s As It Happens every weekday. She has long-time involvement with the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, and 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 Linden MacIntyre.

Carol is sponsored by Author Patron, Mary Ann Higgs.


Appearing in: 25. The Big Idea: War of the Words 

Past Festival Appearances

2021:20. The Big Idea: Addressing a Crisis
2020: 19. The Big Idea: The End of Life as We Know it?
2019: 36. The Big Idea: Is Democracy Doomed?
2018: The Big Idea: Racism, Sexism, Xenophobia, and Violence: Connection and Cure
2017: 34. The Big Idea: Despair and Hope: Finding Refuge in Canada
2016: 37. The Big Idea: A Good Death
2015: 26. Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Act, and 42. Big Idea: Think Tank on the Environment
2014 – 2013