John Honderich

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John Honderich : biography

July 6, 1946 –

John Allen Honderich, (born July 6, 1946) is a Canadian businessman who was the publisher of the Toronto Star from 1994 to 2004.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Beland Honderich, Honderich graduated from Neuchâtel Junior College in Switzerland, the University of Toronto and London School of Economics.

His newspaper career began in 1973 as an office boy and night reporter for the Ottawa Citizen. In 1976, he joined the Toronto Star as a reporter and went on to become bureau chief in Ottawa and Washington, D.C.. Later he was deputy city editor, business editor and editorial page editor.

Before succeeding David A. Galloway as publisher, he was president of Torstar Corporation.

Honderich was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and the Order of Ontario in 2006. Following this position, Honderich was appointed in 2006 as Special Advisor on the future of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and creative cities the Ontario Premier.

Honderich holds degrees in political science and law. His father is the late Beland Honderich, former publisher of the Toronto Star, and British-Canadian philosopher Ted Honderich is an uncle.

He was married to writer Katherine Govier, and has two children, Robin and Emily.