About Peter Kuitenbrouwer

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Born to Dutch parents, Peter grew up on a farm in western Quebec. At age 16 he hitch-hiked across Canada and enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College in California, where he studied with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Cathy Mitchell. Later at McGill University he served as a writer, cartoonist and editor at the McGill Daily. In 1985 he co-founded Montreal Mirror. Kuitenbrouwer then learned Spanish during a year at the Mexico City News. In four years at The Gazette in Montreal, 1988-91, he covered the massacre of 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Mohawk uprising at Oka, Quebec.

In 1991-94 Kuitenbrouwer worked in New York for Radio-Canada and Radio-Qu├ębec. He also crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a Soviet container vessel and was kidnapped by Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, Mexico. In New York he met graphic designer Mimi Maxwell. The pair moved to Toronto in 1994. In 1997 Kuitenbrouwer joined the National Post. He served many years as the newspaper's Toronto columnist. Recently he became a feature writer in the Financial Post. He has published two books for children.

In 2012 Kuitenbrouwer won a William Southam Journalism Fellowship to Massey College in the University of Toronto, where he studied forestry and Canadian fiction. In 2014 Ontario Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell recognized Kuitenbrouwer for promoting cultural diversity. He has written for Maclean's, Chatelaine, The Village Voice, GEO, Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Le Devoir.

He lives in downtown Toronto with his wife, two children, dog and cat. The family also enjoy time on their farm in Madoc, Ontario.

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