Paul Wells

Journalist-in-Residence, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
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For 19 years, Paul Wells was the lead political columnist at Maclean’s magazine. Prior to this, he was the national affairs columnist at The Toronto Star and has also written for the Globe and Mail and The National Post. Wells has won three gold National Magazine Awards and a National Newspaper Award, and has filed stories from 17 countries around the world covering the war in Afghanistan, the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, and three US presidential election campaigns. 

Today, Wells is a regular political commentator on both the French- and English-language CBC networks. He has also launched a subscription newsletter, which is already one of the most widely read political newsletters in Canada. In fall 2022, as the Munk School's inaugural journalist-in-residence, Wells launched his podcast The Paul Wells Show, which represented a partnership between Wells, the Munk School, Toronto Star and Antica Productions. 

A bestselling author, The New Yorker magazine called Wells “Canada’s foremost Harperologist” with the release of his book on Stephen Harper, The Longer I’m Prime Minister. It is the only book to have ever won three major non-fiction book awards: The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize, and the Ottawa Book Award. 

Wells studied at the University of Western Ontario and the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs. 

Updated July 2023