My Journalism

At CBC New Brunswick:

I’ve been with CBC since May 2000 as the provincial affairs reporter for New Brunswick. Besides covering the Legislature for radio, television, and online, I also file long-form and in-depth analysis stories on New Brunswick politics.

SEAT COUNT 1When I’m not chasing the daily twists and turns of politics, I like to do long-form reporting that reveal what happens behind the scenes to drive decision-making. On Election Night 2018 I was the first to explain, on live television and in a story the following morning, the likely procedural battle that followed over which party would get to govern. I also like trying new formats: one video on that post-election process helped us win a 2019 regional social-media award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, and we recently produced a sequel. My analysis has included how one departing premier’s mea culpa had a short shelf life and how a U-turn by another seemed to contradict his whole reason for being in politics.

Some other recent stories xplained the province’s secret conflict-of-interest regime for unelected officials, told the story of a health-care turf war that turned political, and forced a Crown corporation to disclose details of a secret pension paid to a party insider when he left the CEO’s job.

I also co-produce a political podcast called Spin Reduxit, which we aim to revive soon, and I use Twitter to send out headlines and updates for the stories I cover. I co-hosted CBC’s 2010 New Brunswick election night results show on TV and radio, and was an analyst on Newsworld’s live coverage of the state funeral of Roméo LeBlanc in 2009.

In 2006, with the help of a Commonwealth Broadcasting Association travel bursary, I journeyed to Bangalore, India, to produce a three-part series on the Indian call-centre industry and the challenge it posed to a similar industry in New Brunswick.

At The Telegraph-Journal:

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 2.44.23 PMI worked at the Telegraph-Journal from 1993 until 2000, first in Moncton, then in Edmundston and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. While in Moncton, I co-wrote a series that was shortlisted for a Michener Award in 1994, and began a six-year battle to get government job-creation documents released under the Access to Information Act.

I returned to Moncton in late 1997 as bureau chief, where I was part of a team of eight reporters that won a 1998 National Newspaper Award for our coverage of how a rising star in aboriginal politics fled Canada to escape a murder charge. The Moncton bureau also won an Amnesty International Media Award for our coverage of the 1999 Francophonie Summit in the city.

Prognosis:

I worked at Prognosis, a biweekly (and later weekly) newspaper in Prague, Czech Republic, from January to August 1993. There is no online archive of the newspaper but here is a piece I wrote on how the newspaper continues to reverberate.