I am a writer, editor and photographer based in Calgary. Previous stops have included Ottawa (the base I used to cover Canada for the UK’s Financial Times), Kampala, Uganda (where I worked as a media trainer at the Daily Monitor newspaper and freelanced), Monrovia, Liberia (where I did further local media training through an NGO called jhr and wrote a report on civil service reform for the United Nations) and Toronto (first when I was covering Canada for the New York Times and later for Australia’s Business Spectator).
I have lived, worked and/or traveled throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Africa because I believe in the craft of storytelling. Stories need someone to carry them beyond local, national and international borders, so that communities near and far can learn from one another.
Journalism and storytelling came naturally:
Journalism and storytelling have been near and dear to my heart ever since.
I have covered local and international business, city hall, the crime beat, national politics, international development, global health care, served as a foreign correspondent and conducted hands-on media training. My writing has been published by the New York Times, Financial Times, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, the Toronto Star, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Ottawa Citizen and others.
I later edited North American and European news for Australia’s Business Spectator from Calgary. The Spectator is owned by News Ltd and is a digital-only media venture that has focused on growth and innovation during uncertain times for media outlets around the world. The search for new ideas and strategies for the future of journalism is often on my mind.
In 2014, I joined CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, as a communications officer, which blends my background in journalism and media training in Uganda and Liberia. CAWST is a Calgary-based charity focused on expanding global access to safe drinking water and sanitation by building local knowledge and skills in 68 developing countries.
If you have a story to share, an idea to propose or feel I can help you with a project, please do get in touch.