Linden MacIntyre started off his journalism career as a newspaper reporter, working in Halifax, Ottawa and Cape Breton, before joining the CBC in 1976. One of his first roles at the CBC was hosting a Halifax based current affairs program called The MacIntyre File during which he successfully initiated a precedent setting legal action which clarified the public's right to access court documents relating to search warrants.
But perhaps most impressive about Linden is that his talents as a storyteller go beyond his excellent work as a journalist. MacIntyre has also turned his hand to exploring the human condition through fiction, and has authored three best-selling novels, including his 2009 novel The Bishop's Man for which he won the Giller Prize.
In our conversation Linden touches on his formative years growing up in rural Cape Breton, his early days as a muckraking newspaper reporter, and his thoughts on the challenges facing journalism and the critical role that public service broadcasting plays in sustaining an open and democratic society.
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