Victor Malarek

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Victor Malarek
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Born Victor Gregory Malarek
(1948-06-26) 26 June 1948 (age 70)
Lachine, Quebec
Nationality  Canada
Occupation author, journalist
Television The Fifth Estate
Awards Gemini Award

Victor Gregory Malarek (born 26 June 1948 in Lachine, Quebec) is a Canadian journalist and author. Currently, he is a senior reporter for CTV Television's W-FIVE.


From 1990 to 2000, Malarek was one of the hosts for CBC Television's the fifth estate. In 1997, he won a Gemini Award as Canada’s top broadcast journalist. Malarek also received four Michener Awards, three of these during his tenure with The Globe and Mail and the other at the fifth estate.

Malarek entered the world of journalism in 1968 as a copy boy for Weekend Magazine, and joined The Montreal Star as a police reporter in 1970. His first major assignment was reporting on the Quebec October Crisis. He became a The Globe and Mail writer in 1976.

In 1989, he was portrayed by Elias Koteas in the feature movie Malarek, based on his first book Hey, Malarek!. These works depict the journalist's turbulent youth and his life under Quebec's child protection system. The 16-part CBC Television fictional drama series Urban Angel in the 1991–1992 season was also inspired by Malarek's life.

Malarek is the author of seven books, the most recent of which, Orphanage 41, was self-published with FriesenPress in 2014.



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