Journalist & Author, The Canadian Press
Murray Brewster is an Ottawa based correspondent for CBC News, where he is the senior Parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer. Previously, he was senior defence writer at The Canadian Press for over a decade. He has filed most recently from Iraq and Ukraine, but also spent 15 months in Afghanistan during the five year Kandahar combat mission, travelling with troops and unilaterally throughout the country. His book, The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan, was published in 2011 by John Wiley and Sons, and he was the lead writer on the documentary Kandahar Journals, which aired on CBC Documentary Channel and released in the U.S. in the fall of 2015. Also last fall, he contributed to a book on former prime minister Stephen Harper’s policy legacy entitled The Harper Factor, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Murray has won 12 regional and national Radio and Television News Director Awards; two Atlantic Journalism Awards; the Ross Munro (2010) Award for war corresponding; appeared as a finalist twice in the Michener Awards for public service in journalism (1989 and 2014); and was a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards (2010) for beat reporting.