Born in Peterborough, Ont., Amy Cameron grew up in Ottawa, Toronto and Paris, France. The daughter of Stevie Cameron, an extremely accomplished author and journalist, and David Cameron, a ridiculously smart political scientist and policy wonk, Cameron assumed she would make her living as an artist. After graduating from Concordia University's Fine Arts programme, however, Cameron quickly learned this was not to be.
Cameron moved to New Brunswick to paint and waitress. Unfortunately, she is a terrible waitress and impatient painter. In desperation, Cameron begged the editor of New Brunswick's provincial daily newspaper, the Telegraph Journal, for a job. He was weak and she was employed.
It was during Cameron's four years working as the arts, crime and aboriginal affairs reporter at the Telegraph that she won a National Newspaper Award. Cameron also won several Atlantic Journalism Awards (and hosted the event in 1999). In 2000, Cameron returned to Toronto for a job with Canada's national news magazines, Maclean's.