Elizabeth McSheffrey is a bilingual journalist from Ottawa with diverse experience in print, television and radio reporting. She currently works as investigative reporter for the National Observer, an independent news site focused on federal politics in Canada.
Since 2012, Elizabeth has developed radio journalism in Sierra Leone, covered a federal election, investigated major corporate and political scandal, and freelanced her way around East Africa. She recently worked for Nation Media Group in Kenya, the region’s largest newsroom.
Elizabeth’s work has been published by news outlets all over the world, including CBC, BBC, CBS, CTV, Globe and Mail, Slate, VICE, and The Toronto Star. She is best known for her coverage of Al-Shebaab terrorist attacks in Kenya, and her work on The Price of Oil, the largest national collaborative journalism investigation in Canadian history.
Her stories have had national and international impact. In 2015, Elizabeth’s feature on Uganda’s burgeoning cinema industry sparked global coverage of its action stars, earning her an AITO Young Travel Writer of the Year nomination. A few months later, her reporting on Canada’s fur industry inspired an internal investigation into a Canadian luxury apparel company, landing her on the list of finalists for an outstanding investigative reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists. In 2016, she also co-won a Canadian Online Publishing Award (COPA) for an investigation on environmental and safety violations at a Canadian mine in Argentina, and took home the Clement Media Award for her coverage of animal welfare issues. This year, she is part of the team nominated for a prestigious Michener Award for a series investigating severe conflict of interest allegations within Canada’s federal energy regulator, and a COPA finalist for her investigative work on the Husky Energy oil spill in Saskatchewan.
Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University and graduated at the top of her class. She was awarded the prestigious Phyllis K. Wilson Award two years in a row, and in 2015, lectured at Moi University in Nairobi on her experiences as an international journalist. She is a panelist on 98.3FM Roundhouse Radio’s Indie News Hour.
For more information about her travels, visit elizabetharoundtheworld.com. To contact Elizabeth or pitch a project, please send a message through Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or email@example.com.