I am a writer and editor who has written for Verge, IRIN, Smart Connections and others. At the moment, I spend my days at the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria, B.C., where I am the city editor (and occasional bike blogger).

An editor once called me a “robot sent from the future to churn out late-breaking stories.” (Then the Internet kinda blew up, changing everything.) When possible, I still prefer to take a bit more time crafting my words — but I love working to a deadline.

I’ve written about a lot of things, but I’m especially interested in the natural world and the environment, and explaining how things work.

For a more detailed CV, please see LinkedIn.


Journalism experience

The Ring (Victoria) • Freelance writer and photographer • See my work for The Ring here

Momentum Magazine (Vancouver) • Arts and culture editor • See some of my work for Momentum here or here

Integrated Regional Information Networks (Freetown, Sierra Leone) • Stringer covering humanitarian news and human rights • See my work for IRIN here

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) • Copy editor and page editor • See samples of my work here

Canadian University Press (Toronto) • National bureau chief, Western bureau chief, features bureau chief

The Martlet (Victoria) • Editor in chief, news editor, reporter


Volunteer experience

jhr – Journalists for Human Rights (Zambia, Sierra Leone) • Rights media trainer with the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Zambia (MISA Zambia) in Lusaka and the Concord Times newspaper in Freetown

Nicaragua Fuente de Vida Society • Volunteer webmaster/writer for local non-profit group (it’s no longer active)



University of Victoria • Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and professional writing and publishing (journalism)

Okanagan University College (now Okanagan College) • Two years of study toward a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. (I was planning to study biology and environmental studies, but found I enjoyed writing about science more than doing the science itself.)

I’ve also taken continuing education courses in public relations (UVic) and writing and editing (Simon Fraser University), along with beekeeping (Royal Roads University).

Travel experience

I like to travel! Here are some places I’ve been: Jordan, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Zambia, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Mongolia, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Canada.