Doug James is a former local, national and international journalist, best known for his work as a foreign correspondent for CNN, where he covered the first Gulf War, the Palestinian Intifada and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before joining CNN, he was a correspondent for the CBC flagship current affairs program, The Journal and a reporter covering local and regional politics in Ottawa. Earlier, he was news director and anchor at ATV News in New Brunswick.
Doug grew up in a single-parent home on Lancaster Street in West Saint John, and went to New Albert School and then Voc. His family has been on the west side for a hundred years and in New Brunswick since 1823.
He has a Masters’ degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and has taught broadcast journalism at the New Brunswick Community College and lectured in Media Law and Ethics at Laurier University.
In addition to his traditional journalism career, Doug also managed the ‘best government website” in the world (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which, at the time, also won the highest award for technological achievement in the Ontario public service.
Today, Doug works as a freelance writer/editor and international voice-over artist. He is also a prolific blogger, holding politicians to account with sharply-worded commentaries on matters of public interest. Most recently, he served as a volunteer communications advisor to the West Side Ratepayers Association.