Tom Clark is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected journalists.
For more than 40 years, he has witnessed and written history in Canada and around the world. At home he has interviewed every prime minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974.
Abroad, he was the bureau chief in Beijing during the early 1980’s, and spent five years as the bureau chief in Washington DC. In that posting, he interviewed President George Bush, the first time any American president had been interviewed by a Canadian television network.
Besides his permanent postings, Tom has spent much of his career travelling the world, reporting from 33 countries. Tom has reported from six active war zones, most recently from Afghanistan. He was also one of only a handful of journalists who made it into Belgrade to witness the bombing of Yugoslavia. He was in Berlin the night the wall came down, in Moscow’s Red Square when the hammer and sickle was lowered for the last time, and in Tiananmen Square the night the Chinese army attacked.
In 2016, Tom was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Radio Television and Digital News Association. He also provided contextual analysis on the most contentious U.S. election in memory.
Journalism is in Tom’s blood – his great-grandfather, Joseph T. Clark, was editor of Saturday Night and editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star. His grandfather was a reporter with the Star, and his father helped spearhead Canada Newswire. Tom was born in Toronto, is fluently bilingual and spends what little free time he has flying his floatplane in Canada’s north.
After more than four decades in the business, Tom Clark announced he was leaving journalism and moving on to a new chapter in his profession. Here are his final thoughts and words, spoken during his final broadcast. Continue reading →
The key date for the American election might not be voting day, but rather the day after. Continue reading →
Brains can be funny things. Take Donald Trump’s brain for instance. It obviously has a sense of humour, or perhaps a finely honed sense of mischief. Either way it had a blast Monday night. Continue reading →
If you want to know what was really on the minds of the three North American leaders, look closely at the photo-op as they all sat down for their one and only meeting. Continue reading →
So why do so many powerful Republicans wish they could have a do-over on the primaries that selected The Donald? Because they know that win or lose, Trump will probably destroy their party. Continue reading →
There have been some epic fails in the relationship between Ottawa and Washington. Continue reading →
For decades now, there has been one golden rule for aspiring politicians: authenticity is everything, and if you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Continue reading →
The federal Liberals won’t fund the Victims of Communism or Mother Canada monuments, sources tell Global News. Continue reading →
As with any floor crossing, there are competing theories as to why and how it came about. Continue reading →
People follow political leaders for one of two reasons: either they are genuinely inspired by them, or the leader holds the promise of power. In the case of Danielle Smith, she doesn’t have either. Continue reading →
Tom Clark writes about possible political repercussions of low oil prices around the world and here at home. Continue reading →
Global’s Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark takes a look at what was really revealed with Stephen Harper’s comments on oil and gas regulations Tuesday Continue reading →
Tom Clark on the questions he’s asking at the Halifax International Security Forum, a gathering of 300 of the world’s best minds on security and intelligence. Continue reading →
Global’s Tom Clark reflects on his experience covering the current Hong Kong protests and the Tiananmen Square military crackdown of 1989. Continue reading →