Lynch, Charles Burchill

Charles Burchill Lynch journalist, author (b Cambridge, Mass 3 Dec 1919; d at Ottawa 21 July 1994). Lynch came to Canada at the age of 2 weeks and was educated at Saint John, NB. At 17 he began his newspaper career as a reporter with the Saint John Citizen. At the end of 1943 he joined Reuters as a correspondent and went to London in 1944. He reported the troops storming ashore on D-Day (1944), and until war's end he covered the 1st Canadian and 2nd British armies.

Later, he was a Reuters correspondent covering the war crimes trials in Nuremburg. He was chief of Southam News Services and for 2 decades wrote a 5-times-weekly column for the Southam chain. At age 65 he assumed a new role as freelance columnist. His first book, China, One Fourth of the World (1965), was based on his dispatches from a two-month tour of the People's Republic of China. Other publications include You Can't Print That! (1983) and A Funny Way to Run a Country (1986). Lynch became an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1977 and in 1981 was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame.