Pauline Dakin

Pauline Dakin is an assistant professor at the University of King’s College School of Journalism in Halifax. A journalist who has worked in radio, television, and print, she was also a senior producer for CBC Nova Scotia and host of CBC Radio’s Atlantic Voice. Her work has been recognized with many regional, national and international awards, including a citation of merit from Canada’s top journalism prize, The Michener Awards, for a multi-media, collaborative series on adverse drug reactions in children. She is a three-time recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation in Washington to do specialized training and reporting on HIV vaccine development and obesity issues. She is also a fellow of the MIT/Knight Science Journalism program on medical evidence.

Pauline has worked as a producer, on-air host, assignment editor, and reporter in various media including film, television, radio, and print. She is the national public broadcaster’s trusted voice on health and medicine, and also writes and produces documentaries on a wide range of topics. She is currently working on a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Kings College, Halifax, and expects to graduate in the spring of 2015.

Originally from North Vancouver, B.C., she has also lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Saint John, New Brunswick and is now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she lives with her two teenage daughters. She is at work on her first book, Run.Hide.Repeat.


Run. Hide. Repeat.: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

(US and Canada: Penguin Books Canada, 2017)

The Globe and Mail‘s 100 Best Books of 2017
Longlisted, 2018 British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction National Bestseller

An unforgettable family tale of deception and betrayal, love and forgiveness

Pauline Dakin spent her childhood on the run. Without warning, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Disturbing events interrupt their outwardly normal life: break-ins, car thefts, even physical attacks on a family friend. Many years later, her mother finally revealed they’d been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force.
But the truth was even more bizarre. Gradually, Dakin’s fears give way to suspicion. She puts her journalistic training to work and discovers that the Mafia threat was actually an elaborate web of lies.  As she revisits her past, Dakin uncovers the human capacity for betrayal and deception, and the power of love to forgive.
Run, Hide, Repeat is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. Gripping and suspenseful, it moves from Dakin’s uneasy acceptance of her family’s dire situation to bewildered anger. As compelling and twisted as a thriller, Run Hide Repeat is an unforgettable portrait of a family under threat, and the resilience of family bonds.
What happens when ‘Fake News’ takes over your family? This harrowing true story reads like a psychological thriller – I was haunted by it.” – PLUM JOHNSON, winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non Fiction for They Left Us Everything
“From a childhood marked by secrets and sudden moves to an adulthood where truth—and lies—of the past are laid bare, Run, Hide, Repeat is a fascinating story of family, deception, and forgiveness.” —Sonja Larsen, author of Red Star Tattoo

“This twisted page-turner brings the truth to the forefront, while Dakin tries to master the art of forgiveness.” —Canadian Living