Norman Webster was a Canadian journalist and a former editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette. Born in 1941 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, he was educated at Bishop’s College School and received his B.A. from Bishop’s University. From Sherbrooke, Québec, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship before signing on at the Globe, where he served as a correspondent in Beijing and London, as well as in Quebec, Ottawa, and Queen’s Park bureaus. He also spent a year in Winnipeg at the Free Press.
Webster won two National Newspaper Awards: the first for coverage of China’s “ping pong diplomacy,” the second for editorial writing.
As Editor-in-Chief of both the Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette, he brought depth, moderation, style, and vision to news reporting. His sense of professional excellence brought credit to the print media and was an inspiration to young writers and students.
His weekly column in the Gazette began in 1990, and for two years was joined by another column written for Le Devoir. He was rational on most subjects except hockey and Prince Edward Island, where he was born.
In 1995, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.