Alan J. Yates was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, but moved to Canada in his late teens to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting that would span more than three decades, most of it with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He pursued an academic career in parallel, earning an MA and PhD in communications from McGill University and later taught communications at the University of Ottawa, where he focused on the mass media, their characteristics, and their effects.
Now retired, Alan lives in Ottawa with his wife, Carla Curran, who was, until recently, the director of book publishing policy and programs at the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
He has two children, Valerie and Neil, and two grandchildren, Ida and Findlay, from his first marriage to the late Ida Panzini.
Further information about his recreational writing can be found on his website: www: alanjyates.com.