About

I’m a Toronto-based freelance journalist.

Over the years I’ve written for The Guardian, newyorker.com, The Globe and Mail, the Literary Review of Canada, The West End Phoenix, the South China Morning Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Reader’s Digest and the Toronto Star, among other places. I’m occasionally on the radio, with appearances on The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, a CBC Radio program, and This American Life, the U.S. public radio show.

I’ve reported from around the world, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and northeast Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. More recently I worked as a reporter at Mizzima News, a multimedia news outlet based in Yangon, Myanmar.

As a longtime staffer at Maclean’s I wrote about politics and about crime and culture from across North America, including three years as the magazine’s Calgary bureau chief. Before that I worked at the National Post, as a crime reporter, and the Ottawa Citizen.

I’ve received one National Newspaper Award nomination and eleven Canadian National Magazine Award nominations (I won a silver NMA in 2016 for my Maclean’s profile of Elton McDonald, whose secret tunnel in north Toronto captured the imaginations of readers around the world). My first newspaper job was at The Sioux Lookout Bulletin, in Sioux Lookout, Ont., pop. 5,000, well northwest of Thunder Bay.

I studied philosophy at McGill University, got a master’s in journalism at Carleton University, and have spent time living in Europe, Asia and South America. I’ve published fiction in The Antigonish Review, and am finishing a novel, The Enchanted Prisoner, set in the gambling underworld of 1950s Hull, Que.

You can write me at nick [at] nicholaskohler [dot] com, or call at 416‑904‑1207. I am nicohina37 on Instagram and @nicohina on Twitter. You can also find me on Facebook.

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