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Reporter, Author, Visual Journalist
Robin Rowland is an indepedent reporter, author and visual journalist based in Kitimat, British Columbia, where he publishes the Northwest Coast Energy News blog, covering energy, environment and science issues in northwestern British Columbia, as well as writing the occasional Tao of News blog on the future of journalism.
Robin Rowland grew up in Kitimat but left as a teenager when his family moved to Toronto. In 2010, after a 35-year career in journalism at the Sudbury Star, CTV News and CBC News and as a freelancer, he took early retirement from his job as CBC News photo editor and returned to his home town. From 1995-2001, Rowland taught computer assisted and investigative reporting at the Ryerson University School of Journalism.
He is the author or co-author of five books, including two histories of Prohibiton-era Canada, King of the Mob and Undercover. In 1995, he co-wrote the first book on how to do research on the Internet. His latest book, A River Kwai Story, the Sonkrai Tribunal,is an account of the war crimes trial of the Japanese and Korean guards charged over their actions in one of the worst POW camps on the Burma Thailand Railway.
When not covering pipeline and energy issues in northwest BC, Rowland spend his time photographing the spectacular natural beauty of northwest BC.
You can follow Robin Rowland on Twitter at @rowlandr and Northwest Coast Energy News at @nwcstenergynews.