Don Canaan


Life tends to be cyclical. Everything, fashion, music, economics -- eventually returns.

And so did Don Canaan – (a Stuyvesant H.S 1956 graduate) from a Bronx tenement to marriage, children, success in television newsfilm, immigration to Israel, re-marriage, two more children and a return to the U.S.A. and a new facet of journalism--print.

A CCNY January 1961 graduate of the Institutive of Film Techniques, Don Canaan's career dates to his 1959 appearance on Mike Wallace's NightBeat program. His news background covers four decades of history -- from 1960 until his departure from United Press International to become a Quality Editor for LexisNexis, and subsequent retirement to an adult Disneyland--The Villages in Central Florida.

Don Canaan was a film editing room apprentice on Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” as well as ABC TV’s “Winston Churchill—The Valiant Years.”

From 1961-1974, Don Canaan edited newsfilm and Peabody award-winning documentaries for NBC News in New York, and in 1974 made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) as part of an American group planning to found and settle Yamit, a news city on the Mediterranean shore in the Sinai.

When he returned to the U.S., film in TV news had become an anachronism -- a victim of American technology combined with Asian ingenuity. During three years overseas, many years of TV journalism experience disappeared in the tsunami of progress.

The Ohio State University's School of Journalism in Columbus, Ohio, came to the rescue with an offer to earn a master's degree while serving as an assistant in its TV news workshop.

Then a terrific opportunity came up at the American Israelite. Don Canaan was brought on board as staff writer, copy editor and photographer. He enterprised stories that brought kudos from the community. His four-part series, "Jews in Ohio's Prisons: Does Anybody Care?" received a first place award for best weekly journalism in Ohio from the State of Ohio Bar Association.

And now, every evening, Sunday through Thursday, Don Canaan compiles and edits Israel Faxx. This newsletter is sent to a selective clientele throughout the United States, as well as being posted on his website The Israel Faxx searchable full-test archive can be viewed at

Other websites created include (a satirical look at life in The Villages). (a website devoted to the everyday occurrences of Don's son, Golan, a new immigrant to Israel), (humor and fun), and (free access to that newspaper’s Civil War issues.

Where to find Don Canaan online


Wayward Pines: An Unauthorized Guide
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: American English. Published: August 18, 2015 by Don Canaan. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
"Wayward Pines: An Unauthorized Guide" is based on the Fox Network's television mini-series and Blake Crouch's wonderful print trilogy. "Pines," "Wayward Pines" and "The Last Town." What is the truth? Are the residents of Wayward Pines dead or alive-or both?"

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