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Kenneth Whyte (born August 12, 1960) is a Canadian telecom executive and journalist living in Toronto. He is Senior Vice-President of Public Policy for Rogers Communications [1] and chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation.[2]


Early life and careerEdit

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Whyte grew up in Edmonton, Alberta.[3] He began his career in journalism as reporter at the Sherwood Park News and joined Alberta Report as a reporter in 1984, serving as executive editor of the magazine starting in 1986.[4] In 1994, Whyte was appointed editor of Saturday Night, a monthly magazine.[5] In 1998, he was named editor-in-chief of a new national newspaper, the National Post. In 2003 Whyte and several other executives were dismissed from the National Post as part of a purge by new ownership.[6] He became a visiting scholar at McGill University where he was co-founder of the McGill Observatory in Media and Public Policy, and a trustee of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, a position he still holds.[7]


In 2005, Whyte joined Maclean's at the start of its 100th year of publication.[8] Whyte was named the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s newsperson of the year in 2008.[9] Maclean's was noted during his tenure for its controversial, tabloid covers, including an exposé of political corruption in Quebec that was unanimously denounced by Canada's House of Commons,[10] and an excerpt of Mark Steyn's America Alone, which touched off several failed actions against the magazines in provincial and federal human rights commissions.[11]

In 2009, while still editing and publishing Maclean’s, Whyte also took over the publisher's title at Chatelaine magazine, traditionally Canada's largest women's title. During his first year at the magazine, its circulation dropped below its main competitor Canadian Living for the first time in its history.[12] Whyte hired Jane Francisco as editor [13] and the two of them engineered a turnaround over the next four years.[14]

In 2011, Whyte became president of Rogers Publishing Limited, which owned fifty-five magazines, including Chatelaine, Today's Parent, Canadian Business, Moneysense, and Hello! Canada.[15] At the end of 2013, Rogers entered into a partnership with Hearst, Time Inc., Meredith, and Conde Nast to create Next Issue Media (now Texture). Whyte left Rogers to become the founding president of Next Issue Canada and a director of Next Issue globally.[16]

Published BooksEdit

In 2008, Whyte's non-fiction book, The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst was published in Canada, and the following year in the U.S.[17] It was a finalist for the 2009 National Business Book Award,[18] the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction,[19] the Charles Taylor Prize,[20] and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for biography.[21] It was also a Washington Post book of the year.[22] His second book, a biography of Herbert Hoover, will be published by Random House/Knopf in 2017.[23]

Other InvolvementsEdit

In 2016-2017, Whyte was appointed to the Canadian government's expert advisory panel on cultural policy.[24] A governor of the Donner Canadian Foundation for more than twenty years, Whyte succeeded Allan Gotlieb as chairman of the foundation in 2016.[25] He is also a director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.[26] He has served as a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto,[27] an adviser to the Cundill Prize Foundation,[28] and a governor of the Aurea Foundation.[29] He is a life-time honorary alumnus of McGill University, and a board member of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada[30]


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  3. ^ Adams, James. "Can Ken Whyte save Chatelaine?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-25
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  12. ^ Archer, Bert (2011-04-07). "The Ken Whyte Effect". Toronto Standard. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
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  30. ^ "Briefs: Former National Post editor joins MISC". McGill Reporter. 36 (01). September 11, 2003. Retrieved 2017-11-26.