Stevie Cameron, CM DD, is an award-winning Canadian investigative journalist and best-selling author. Born in Belleville, Ontario in 1943, she now lives in Toronto with her husband, David Cameron, a professor at the University of Toronto. They have two daughters, who are both Toronto-based screenwriters.
Born in Belleville, Cameron has an honours B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia, worked for the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa in the 1960s, attended graduate school at University College London, England, for three years, and taught English literature at Trent University.
After a year at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris in 1975, she began working as a food writer and in 1977 became the food editor of the Toronto Star; a year later she moved to the Ottawa Journal as Lifestyles editor. She later became the Ottawa Citizen's Lifestyles and Travel editor; four years later she joined a new investigative journalism unit at the Citizen and also became a national political columnist.
In 1986 Cameron moved to Toronto as a national columnist and reporter for the Globe and Mail, and published her first book, in 1989, called Ottawa Inside Out. In 1990 she become a host of the CBC Television public affairs program The Fifth Estate but returned to the Globe in 1991 as a freelance columnist and feature writer.
Her second book, On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years, was published in 1994. The book raised questions about the ethics of former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his alleged involvement in secret commissions paid by Karlheinz Schreiber to members of the Government of Canada, and to Conservative-linked lobbyists, in exchange for then-crown corporation Air Canada's purchase of 34 Airbus jets. It was one of the first full-length works to dig into the Airbus Affair in Canada. The book also documented several other corruption scandals during the period. It became the number one best-selling non-fiction book in Canada in both 1994 and 1995. In 1995, Cameron joined Maclean’s magazine as a contributor for investigative stories.
In 1998 she published her third book, Blue Trust. The following year she founded Elm Street, a national general-interest magazine, but continued to write investigative features for Maclean’s. Three years later she resigned from Elm Street, continuing as a columnist, in order to research and write The Last Amigo, with co-author Harvey Cashore; this 2001 book is a biography of Schreiber, along with a more detailed examination of the Airbus Affair. It won a Crime Writers of Canada award as the Best True Crime Book of the Year.
She began researching the Robert Pickton murder case in British Columbia in 2002, and published her first book on the case, The Pickton File, in 2007. Cameron has completed her second book about the Pickton case, On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women, which was published by Knopf in the summer of 2010 when a publication ban on the case was lifted after an appeal to Supreme Court of Canada upheld the trial jury’s guilty verdict. On the Farm was nominated for the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize and won the 2011 Arthur Ellis Award for best non-fiction crime book.
Cameron has also been a contributing editor to Maclean's magazine, a monthly columnist and a contributor to The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, the Southam News Service, Saturday Night magazine, the Financial Post, Chatelaine, and Canadian Living.
Cameron has lectured on journalism schools across the country, and in 2008 she spent the fall term as Irving Chair in Media at St. Thomas University’s journalism school in Fredericton.
She is currently writing a history of Kingston Penitentiary.