My Life in Journalism

I  began my journalism career in 1997 at the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, where I chased hard-news stories, covering everything from murder cases to city politics.

 

After a year the Telegraph-Journal, I was offered a reporting job at the Ottawa Citizen. Working for a major daily offered new opportunities. When Montrealer Vaira Vike-Freiberga was elected president of Latvia, I travelled to that north-European country to write a feature on her life story. Speaking German fluently, I was assigned to cover the historic war-crimes trial of Julius Viel in Munich.

 

I spent five years covering the Environment beat in the Citizen’s Parliament Hill bureau. Besides covering two federal elections, I wrote stories on global climate change, national parks, and protection of endangered species. As newsroom technology changed, I became adept at new Internet-based forms of journalism, writing webhits and live Twitter-feeds from breaking news events.

From 2010 to 2017 I worked as a freelance magazine journalist, writing for publications as diverse as National Geographic Kids, Canada’s History, Canadian Nurse and Ottawa Magazine. I also wrote my first non-fiction book, a biography of biochemist Dr. Ruey J. Yu, published by the University of Ottawa Press.

 

In 2016 I upgraded my skills with an intensive video production course at Ryerson University. My multi-media work is showcased on my Video and Podcasts pages, while a small sample of my written work can be found on the right.

Currently, I'm enjoying bringing Canadian stories to life as Features Editor of Canada's History magazine.

 

Toronto Star
Toronto Star

How Irony Killed Stephen Harper

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natkusiak_edited_edited

Forgotten Inuit Explorers

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Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Citizen

Bootlegging Butterflies

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Canada's History
Canada's History

On a Mission

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OttawaU Press
OttawaU Press

The biography of Dr. Ruey J. Yu

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Cdn. Nurse
Cdn. Nurse

Energy at Work

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Ntl. Geog. Kids
Ntl. Geog. Kids

Silent Hunters

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RV West
RV West

A little summer whimsy

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Toronto Star
Toronto Star

Hooking an undergraduate hubby

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