Stephen Kimber

Graduate Coordinator; Professor
MFA (Goucher)

Faculty Member, School of Journalism

Phone: 902.422.1271 ext 150

Stephen Kimber has taught at the School of Journalism since 1983 and has been its director three times.

He is an award-winning writer, editor, and broadcaster, and his writing has appeared in almost all major Canadian magazines and newspapers. Between 1985 and 2002, he was a weekly political and general interest columnist for the Daily News in Halifax. As a broadcaster, he has been an Ottawa-based current affairs producer for the CTV Television Network and a producer, writer, story editor, and host for numerous CBC television and radio programs. He serves on the national steering committee of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Creative Writing and Writing Programs organization. He is a former president of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Stephen currently writes a weekly column for Halifax Metro, serves as senior features writer for The Coast, a Halifax alternative weekly, and is a contributing editor of Atlantic Business Magazine. He is the author of nine books—a novel and eight works of non-fiction. His latest non-fiction book—What Lies Across The Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five—was published by Fernwood 2013. He supervises Writing Craft II, Mentorship III and IV.


Selected publications

  • What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five (Halifax: Fernwood, 2013)
  • Halifax: Warden of the North, (revised, updated edition) co-author with Thomas Raddall (Halifax: Nimbus, 2011).
  • IWK: A century of Caring for Families (Halifax: Nimbus, 2009).
  • Loyalists and Layabouts (Toronto: Doubleday, 2008).
  • Reparations (Toronto: HarperCollins, 2006).
  • Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War. (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2002).
  • NOT GUILTY: The Trial of Gerald Regan. (Toronto: Stoddart, 1999).
  • Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash.  (Toronto: Seal Books, 1999).
  • More Than Just Folks: 31 Remarkable Nova Scotians.  (Lawrencetown Beach, NS: Pottersfield, 1996).
  • Net Profits: The Story of National Sea (Halifax: Nimbus, 1989). 

Courses taught

  • JOUR 6100: Writing Craft I (MFA)
  • JOUR 6101: Mentorship I (MFA)

The line between fact and fiction in narrative nonfiction ebook publishing, the role of narrative storytelling in journalism.