Journalist and Author
Jan Wong is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose latest bestseller, Out of the Blue – a Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness, was self-published in 2012.
A graduate of McGill University, Beijing University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has worked for the Montreal Gazette, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail, for whom she covered the 1989 massacre in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
A third-generation Montrealer, in 1972 Jan became the first Canadian to study in China during the Cultural Revolution. Her first book, Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, was named one of Time magazine’s top ten books of 1996, and remains banned in China.
Jan currently divides her time between Toronto and Fredericton, where she is a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. She is also a columnist for Toronto Life magazine and for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, one of Canada’s last independent, family-owned newspapers.