• Biography

    Dean Jobb is an associate professor at the School of Journalism, University of King's College in Halifax, where he teaches newspaper production for print and online as well as news reporting, writing and editing.

    He is the author of seven books. His latest, Empire of Deception, tells the stranger-than-fiction story of master swindler Leo Koretz, who hoodwinked the elite of 1920s Chicago before escaping to a new life of luxury and excess in Nova Scotia. Dean's previous books won the Evelyn Richardson and City of Dartmouth awards for non-fiction, and he was runner up for the National Business Book Award and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award.

    His articles and commentaries have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and Winnipeg Free Press. He also has written for numerous magazines, including Canada's History, Canadian Business, Canadian Lawyer, Saltscapes and the Literary Review of Canada, and has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Irish Times and the Belfast Telegraph. 

    A reporter, editor and columnist during a 20-year career at The Chronicle Herald, Dean is a three-time winner of the Atlantic Journalism Award and a finalist for the National Newspaper and National Magazine awards.

    Publications
    • Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia - The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. HarperCollins Canada, 2015, ISBN 9781443441087

    • Published in the U.S as Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. ISBN 978-1-61620-175-3 

       

    • The Acadians: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph. John Wiley & Sons Canada, 2005. ISBN 0-470-83610-5.

    • Published in the U.S. as The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph. John Wiley & Sons, 2005. ISBN 0-470-83609-1

       

    • Media Law for Canadian Journalists, 2nd edition. Emond Montgomery Publications, 2011. ISBN 978-1-55239-420-5

       

    • Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter's Research Guide, 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN 13: 9780199008490

       

    • Calculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy. Nimbus Publishing, 1994. ISBN 1-55109-070-8

       

    • Bluenose Justice: True Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Murder. Pottersfield Press, 1993. ISBN 0-919001-78-5. Reprinted by Lancelot Press, 1996

       

    • Crime Wave: Con-Men, Rogues and Scoundrels from Nova Scotia's Past. Pottersfield Press, 1991. ISBN 0-919001-68-8

       

    • Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases. Nimbus, 1988. ISBN 0-920852-99-8

       

    • The Life and Times of Josiah Wood, 1843-1927: A Builder of Sackville. Tantramar Heritage Trust, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9683042-7-3 

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    Awards
    • Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award: Shades of Justice

       

    • Winner of City of Dartmouth Book Award: Calculated Risk

       

    • Runner up for the National Business Book Award: Calculated Risk

       

    • Runner up for Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award: Cime Wave