Elizabeth McSheffrey is a bilingual journalist from Ottawa with diverse experience in print, television and radio. She currently works in Halifax as a video journalist with Global News.
In the last 10 years, Elizabeth has developed radio journalism in West Africa, worked as a stringer in East Africa, and covered breaking news from coast to coast in Canada. She has recently worked as an investigative reporter for the National Observer and a trainer of Indigenous reporters with Journalists for Human Rights.
Her work has been published all over the world, with bylines in CBC, the Globe and Mail, Slate, VICE, The Toronto Star, and more She is recognizable for her coverage of Al-Shebaab terrorist attacks in Kenya, and her contributions to the largest collaborative journalism investigations in Canadian history: The Price of Oil and Tainted Water.
Stories with impact
This year, Elizabeth co-won an Atlantic Journalism Award for exposing the widespread risk of lead in Nova Scotian drinking water, prompting the local utility provider to make an unprecedented offer to replace lead pipes in private homes for free. In the same year, her deep dive into chronic health and safety risks on construction sites led the Nova Scotia government to create a new safety initiative. That work was nominated for an Eastern Region RTDNA award.
In 2019, Elizabeth was a co-finalist for three national journalism excellence awards for the Price of Oil, a series that drove legislative change on air pollution in Ontario, and exposed regulatory infractions within Canada’s lucrative oil and gas industry. In 2018, she was part of the team nominated for a prestigious Michener Award for a series investigating conflict of interest within Canada’s federal energy regulator, which contributed to the eventual demise of the largest pipeline proposal in the country.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University and has guest lectured at Moi University in Nairobi and Queen’s University in Kingston, on international journalism and business and human rights, respectively.