Who is Mark Richardson? And so what?

I’ve been a professional automotive journalist for the last 14 years, and a newspaper and TV journalist for 10 years before that.

I started out as a newspaper reporter in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, in 1989, and took time off from that job to travel to Central and Eastern Africa a few times, where I was an aid worker and a documentary researcher. I then moved to the UK where I worked as a TV news producer for the now defunct WTN agency, before moving back to Canada and a job with the Toronto Star newspaper.

At the Star, I held various positions in the newsroom while also writing a motorcycle column for the automotive section, before becoming the full-time editor of the Wheels section in 2002. It was a dream job and gave me the time to also write my first book, Zen and Now, based on a road trip I made on my old Suzuki motorcycle that recreated the iconic journey of Robert Pirsig for his 1974 book Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. You can find out a lot more about my book by visiting my Zen & Now website.

Road trips are great. Be sure to check out my philosophy about them.

I’ve now ridden or driven through every American state and Canadian province; if you include driving on a snow machine over a frozen lake from northern Quebec onto an inconspicuous island that’s officially part of Nunavut, I’ve also driven to every Canadian territory, too. You can read about that journey here. And there are a whole bunch of other stories in the Road Trips section.

It was a great job, but being the Wheels editor kept me behind a desk too much so I quit my staff job at the Star in 2012 and became a freelance writer. That gave me the time to drive the entire length of the Trans-Canada Highway that summer. You can read more about that journey at Canada’s Road.

Now I freelance for a bunch of great outlets, including the Toronto Star, MSN Autos Canada, Maclean’s magazine and Cycle Canada magazine. Check my News page to find out where I’m headed and what I’m writing about, and you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter too.

Mark - Now and then