KIRK VICTOR MAKIN is a freelance writer and media consultant. Kirk graduated with a journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1979 where he was the editor-in-chief of the Eyeopener from 1977-78. Prior to joining the Globe in Mail in 1979 he was employed as a fish cannery worker, fisherman, landscaper and taxi driver. After covering the nuclear power beat, the environment beat and Queen’s Park, Kirk gravitated towards courts, prisons and legal coverage. He has covered major trials, which include those of Ernst Zundel, Henry Morgentaler, Patrick Kelly, Guy Paul Morin, Paul Bernardo and Ken Murray. As justice reporter, he specialized in the Supreme Court of Canada, the judiciary, the legal profession and wrongful convictions. He wrote a best-selling book in 1992 – Redrum the Innocent – which helped expose the wrongful murder conviction of Guy Paul Morin. He was also chief consultant on an award-winning, CBC Fifth Estate expose on the Guy Paul Morin case, entitled Odd Man Out.
Kirk has written extensively for various magazines, made hundreds of television appearances as a commentator on justice issues and sports, and hosted a series of hour-long, dramatic re-enactments of famous Canadian legal cases – History’s Courtroom – in 2002 and 2003. Mr. Makin won the Scales of Justice Award for justice reporting in 1988 and 1989; the National Newspaper Award, (Feature Writing) in 1995; The 1996 Stan McDowell Award for top writer at Globe and Mail; The “Champion of Justice Award” (presented by the U.S. National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers) in 1998; the 2002 and 2003 Justice Award for Excellence in Writing. He was a finalist in the 2003 National Newspaper Award, Beats category and in 2003 was awarded the silver medal by the National Magazine in the Society and Politics category. Additionally, Kirk is a member of the Ontario Review Board and a popular guest speaker and lecturer.
In 2013, Kirk retired from the Globe and Mail.
In 2014, Kirk Makin joined the Board of Innocence Canada.