Brian Vallée is a graduate of Michigan State University's school of journalism. Between 1962 and 1978 he worked as a reporter-columnist for several newspapers in Canada, the United States and England. Until 1989 he was a producer with the CBC's award-winning current-affairs program, The Fifth Estate. He was associate producer of the ninety-minute documentary, Just Another Missing Kid, which won an Oscar at the 1983 Academy Awards. Vallée lives in Toronto.