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Bob Mackin

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Bob Mackin is a Canadian multimedia journalist based in North Vancouver, British Columbia who has reported for local, regional, national and international media outlets since 1990.

Mackin is known as an independent reporter on the sports and political scene in British Columbia. He is a regular guest on The Sport Market on TSN 1040 Radio in Vancouver.

He has led in the reporting of the B.C. Government's plan to sell the BC Liquour Distribution Branch to private interests with ties to the ruling BC Liberal Party in 2012.[1] Has also led on the reporting on issues surrounding PavCo, the crown corporation responsible for BC Place Stadium. On February 19, 2013, the Official Opposition questioned the BC Government why PavCo had requested that Mackin's Freedom of Information requests be blocked.[2][3]

Mackin has covered five Olympic Games as a contributor to AroundTheRings.com and other publications.

From 1998 to 2008, Mackin was the sports columnist for The Vancouver Courier. During this time, he also wrote for a number of other Vancouver publications including Vancouver 24 Hours, The Tyee and Business in Vancouver. For five years, Mackin wrote a weekly column for the latter about Olympic business opportunities and issues.

He has worked close to home and far abroad: his writing has taken him to Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Mongolia, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Tanzania. Bob's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Vancouver Province newspaper, Adventure Sports Magazine and The New York Times. He is the author of four books.


Red Mittens & Red Ink: The Vancouver Olympics a profile of the expense, failures and successes of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.[4] In 2017, Mackin launched theBreaker.news.


Mackin's awards include the 2006 B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers’ best sports writing award for an investigation into sports gambling in British Columbia for the Courier and a 2012 BCY award for a story about the controversial renovation of B.C. Place Stadium. He was nominated for the Jack Webster Business, Industry and Economics Award (with Jon McComb and Greg Schott) for The Investigators' documentary on CKNW AM 980, A Look at Port Metro Vancouver.


  1. Mackin persists on "Liquor Leaks" story, May 8, 2012 alextsukamis.com
  2. Shane Woodford 2/15/2013 Crown Corporation tries to prevent journalist from filing Freedom of Information requests CKNW(AM980)
  4. Smashwords profile, Red Mittens and Red Ink by Bob Mackin - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/132290

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