Carol Off

Carol Off is the current host of CBC radio’s As It Happens, the network’s flagship investigative news program covering breaking international stories.  It is heard nationally on CBC’s Radio One in Canada, internationally via the Sirius network, and in more than 180 U.S. markets via Public Radio International (PRI).

With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan.

Off’s coverage of the post-war reconstruction of the Balkans and the war crimes trial for Yugoslavia led her to write the best-selling book, The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and another national best-seller on the war in Croatia, The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award in 2005. Her most recent book, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and was nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing.  She lives and works in Toronto.

Author photo by Kevin Kelly


All We Leave Behind (Random House Canada, August, 2017)


Bitter Chocolate The Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet

(Random House Canada, 2006, The New Press, 2008, Australia, Queensland University Press; Korea, Alma Publishing Company; Japan, Eiji Press; Turkey, Iletisim Yayincilik; Taiwan, The Commercial Press)
10th Annual Canadian Culinary Book Award, 2007,
Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph
Finalist, National Business Book Award, 2007
Nominated, Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, 2006
Writers’ Trust of Canada
Whether it’s part of a Hallowe’en haul, the contents of a heart-shaped box or just a candy bar stashed in a desk drawer, chocolate is synonymous with pleasures both simple and indulgent. But behind the sweet image is a long history of exploitation.
   “In the style of Mark Kurlansky’s Salt, Bitter Chocolate unravels chocolate’s glittery packaging and uncovers an industry tainted by war and genocide and child slavery.”
Ottawa Xpress

“We know chocolate makers have their secrets–like how they get that caramel in there. That one, though, is pretty tame compared with the stuff unearthed in . . . Carol Off’s new exposé, Bitter Chocolate.”
Toronto Star
The Ghosts of Medak Pocket (Random House Canada, 2004) Winner, 2005 Dafoe Foundation Prize
 Lion Fox cover The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda

(Random House Canada, 2000) Shortlisted, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Writers’ Trust of Canada