ABOUT ME – Elizabeth McSheffrey

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” — Anatole France                                                               

Elizabeth McSheffrey, Elizabeth Around the World, Great Bear Rainforest

All smiles after hours of grizzly-viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest. Photo by Jorge Amigo.

I love being a journalist. I love meeting new people, sharing their stories and shining a light on the darkest corners of countries, governments and corporations. Between business hours, I’m a hard news writer: a proud target of public vitriol in print, online and over the air. But when I’m not suppressing the urge to write something wild and unscripted, my heart, soul and coffee-stained notes — scribbled on the road — go into my travel blog. I aspire not only to provide some perspective on roads less travelled, but to provide some useful travel itineraries as well. If any of them have been helpful, post a comment or give me a shout via Twitter or Instagram!

In short, I want to help you put the guidebook down. 

My background

Getting the scoop on Ugandan cinema.

Getting the scoop on Ugandan cinema. Photo by Thierry Bal.

Since 2012, I’ve worked in media development in Sierra Leone, freelanced my way across East Africa and worked as an investigative reporter on Canada’s Parliament Hill. My print, TV, and radio work has been published by news outlets all over the world, including CBC, CTV, BBC, CBS, Slate, VICE, Kenya’s Daily Nation, The Globe and Mail, and dpa International. In 2015, my work on Uganda’s burgeoning cinema industry was nominated for an AITO Young Travel Writer of the Year award, and in 2016, I was nominated for outstanding investigative reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists, and co-won a Canadian Online Publishing Award. This year, I was co-nomianted for a Canadian Hillman Prize for my work on The Price of Oil — the largest collaborative journalism investigation in Canadian history.  


After covering the Al-Shebaab terrorist attacks in Kenya, I moved back to Canada to work as an investigative journalist for the award-winning online news site, National Observer. For nearly three years, I reported on industry and government misdeeds, human rights and stories of Indigenous empowerment from desks in Vancouver, B.C. and Ottawa, Ont. Today, I live in Grassy Narrows, Treaty 3 Territory, where I’m training local Indigenous reporters with Journalists for Human Rights. But my ears are always open to those with news tips, fellow travellers, or anyone who wants to chat current affairs. You know how to reach me!

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4 thoughts on “ABOUT ME – Elizabeth McSheffrey

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