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 stations 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, where she filed print, TV, and radio features for 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 dpa International. She is best known for her coverage of Al-Shebaab terrorist attacks in Kenya, for which she was featured on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.
Her stories have often had national and international impact. In 2015 alone, 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 was cited in news outlets across Canada, inspiring an internal investigation into a Canadian luxury apparel company, and landing her on the list of finalists for an outstanding investigative reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists. In 2016, she also won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best News Coverage for an investigation on environmental and safety violations at a Canadian mine in Argentina, and 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 within Canada’s federal pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.