Henry Trocmé Aubin was born in New Jersey in 1942. He attended Metuchen (N.J.) High School and L’École des Roches in France. He graduated from Harvard University in 1964 with a BA in English literature. He also studied law at Université Laval on a Canadian Bar Association fellowship.
He was a reporter and White House correspondent with the Philadelphia Bulletin from 1965 to 1970 and then became a reporter with the Washington Post. He moved to Montreal in 1973 to start a family and to work at The Montreal Gazette, where he was an investigative reporter, editorial writer and regional-affairs columnist. At The Gazette, Aubin received three National Newspaper Awards for investigative reporting and commentaries and two National Business Writing Awards. He is also co-winner of the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Media Award and received an award for urban-affairs commentary by the Ordre des urbanistes du Québec. He retired as a journalist in 2013.
Aubin is one of four co-founders in 1978 of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the first pan-Canadian journalists’ organization; it has since evolved into the Canadian Association of Journalists.
He is the author of The Rescue of Jerusalem: The Alliance between Hebrews and Africans in 701 BC. Published in 2002, it credits an expeditionary army from Nubia (or Kush) with saving Jerusalem from destruction by the Assyrian army. The thesis was upheld by a majority of a jury of eight historians commissioned by the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, an academic journal; the scholars’ detailed assessments were published in 2020 as a book (Jerusalem’s Survival, Sennacherib’s Departure, and the Kushite Role in 701 BCE: An Examination of Henry Aubin’s Rescue of Jerusalem.) The Rescue of Jerusalem also received the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history and the Quebec Writers’ Federation Award for non-fiction.
Aubin is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Demergers? (2004), a critical examination of forced municipal amalgamations in Quebec, and of City of Sale (1977), a best-selling investigation of the global financial interests behind urban development during Montreal’s pre-1976 boom.