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I’m a Calgary journalist and founder/editor of The Sprawl, a Calgary pop-up journalism venture I launched in September 2017. The Sprawl is a crowdfunded, ad-free, made-in-Calgary model—a reinvention of local journalism in tough times. Check out our 11 principles for journalism done differently—and if you like what you see, please sign up as a Patreon supporter!
Before launching the Sprawl, I worked as a freelance journalist who covered Calgary for local and international media. A two-time winner of National Magazine Awards, I have contributed to CBC, the Walrus, National Geographic Traveler, Vice, Metropolis, Reader's Digest, Swerve and the Globe & Mail. I'm the Calgary correspondent for Monocle magazine, and also ghost wrote legendary western singer Ian Tyson’s book, The Long Trail, a national bestseller.
On the communications side, I've written and consulted primarily for non-profit organizations. I've worked with UNHCR and Calgary United Way, among others. At United Way, a colleague and I won a Gold Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for crisis communications after the 2013 Southern Alberta floods.
You can read some of my work below.
Journalism done differently.
Our defensiveness did not look good on us
"It was a good, close community." A collaboration with photographer George Webber
A walk through Calgary's forgotten baseball history — a story that always seems to end in heartbreak
Canadians and Indigenous peoples are finding common ground in national parks
“The quality of light on the surface is what keeps the place alive.”
Calgary's glut of empty offices downtown has an upside—one that's long overdue
Inspired by a little-known Al Gore speech, a Canadian engineer builds 'Google Earth, but on steroids'
Canada's Syrian influx is in keeping with a long—but uneven—humanitarian tradition
Santiago Calatrava's pedestrian span is a new defining symbol for a city that didn't know it needed one
After Mohamad was shot in the neck, his family fled for their lives. Now they're starting over in Alberta
Living without a car seemed simple enough. We'd walk, take the bus and save money. Then came the surprises