Allan Thompson is an Associate Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and project leader for Carleton’s Rwanda Initiative, a journalism teaching partnership with the National University of Rwanda. He is also the director of Carleton's Centre for Media and Transitional Societies. Thompson joined the faculty at Carleton in 2003 after spending 17 years as a reporter with The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation daily newspaper. Allan worked for ten years as a correspondent for The Star on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, reporting on foreign affairs, defence and immigration issues. He first reported from Rwanda for The Star in 1996 during the mass exodus of Rwandan refugees from eastern Zaire and has been back several times since. Over the years he has also chronicled Romeo Dallaire’s career in a series of reports for The Star and reported on Dallaire’s testimony before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2007 he published a collection of papers called The Media and the Rwanda Genocide. Thompson is a graduate of Carleton’s Bachelor of Journalism program (1986) and did a Masters degree in International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He also spent a year in England and North Africa, in 1990-91, through an internship with Gemini News Service. Since leaving daily journalism he has continued to work as a freelancer and writes a regular  column for The Star on immigration issues.


  • Rwanda

  • Immigration