Bill Fairbairn is editor emeritus, photographer and staff writer for the community newspaper, The Riverview Park Review, in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife, Janina. His full-time newspaper, radio and magazine work since 1943, took in stints in Britain, Africa and Canada. He worked first as a newsboy then full time, at age 15, as apprentice printer and part-time rugby reporter with The Jedburgh Gazette, in the Scottish Borders, near where he was born. After two years of military national service came journalism, consecutively on the Blyth News, the Derby Evening Telegraph, the Sheffield Telegraph, the Sun, the Scotsman, the Vancouver Province, the Williams Lake Tribune, the Montreal Star, Radio Canada International (CBC), the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen (part-time), Legion Magazine and The Riverview Park Review.
Bill Fairbairn taught journalism for two years at what was then Cariboo College in Kamloops, British Columbia, now University of the North Thompson River, and for a year at
evening classes in Ottawa. He spent five years in the 1960s in Africa, working consecutively for The Rhodesia Herald, now located in Harare, Zimbabwe, The Northern News of Ndola in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and The Daily Nation in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1953-55, he was a National Service infantry corporal with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. He was the 2007 Canadian Press Club snooker champion, and in 2008 and 2016, he won the age 55 and over snooker championship at the Orange Monkey salon in Ottawa.