I’m an independent author, journalist and visual journalist, based in Kitimat, British Columbia,Canada.
I also freelance as a photographer, writer, journalist, television producer and web/multimedia producer, serving northwestern British Columbia and the rest of the world.
My last nonfiction book is A River Kwai Story The Sonkrai Tribunal. I’m author of four previous books, including the first book on how to do research on the Interent.
Until March 2010, when I took early retirement, I worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s news division as the Photo Editor for CBC News and a producer for the news website CBCnews.ca.
From April 1998 until April 2007, I also worked as a producer of “The National” website. Before I joined the National, I was a writer/producer with CBC.ca’s predecessor CBC Newsworld Online, the CBC’s headline news service on the Internet. From 1994 to 1996, I was a lineup editor for CBC Newsworld News hourlies on the weekends and wrote for other CBC News shows.
I worked for CTV News from 1988 to 1994. From 1982 to 1984 I worked for the CBC’s pioneering new media experiment, Project Iris, which involved sending to news out through the then primitive teletext system.
From 1995 until 2001, I taught Computer-Assisted Reporting and Investigative Techniques at the Ryerson Polytechnic University School of Journalism.
I edit and publish the Northwest Coast Energy News website, covering energy, environment and science as it affects northwestern British Columbia and given Kitimat’s key new role in the world energy market, the rest of the world, as well. Due to the downturn in the economy, with energy projects mostly on hold, there are only occasional updates to this site.
My current occasional blog on writing and life is Robin’s Weir on this website.
My photography blog is updated most frequently.
My blog on long term future of journalism on the Tao of News site is currently inactive. There haven’t been that many posts lately because the future is so uncertain.
The Garret tree was my blog on the writing life from 2004-2009. You can read the archived blog. Highlights include coverage of the 2005 CBC lockout.