Canadian Women Journalists

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Throughout history, there have been many Canadian women journalists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Canadian female journalists such as Jane Jacobs, Michaëlle Jean, Samantha Bee, Ashleigh Banfield, Amanda Lindhout.
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Chrystia Freeland
(10th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada )
Chrystia Freeland
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Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Canada
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 
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Jane Jacobs
(Journalist and Author Best Known for Her Book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’)
Jane Jacobs
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Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006

American-Canadian journalist Jane Jacobs is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A specialist in urban culture and its issues, she was one of the few women who excelled in a male-dominated field. The Vincent Scully Prize winner was initially scorned at as a housewife.

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Ashleigh Banfield
(Journalist, former host of Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield and Early Start on CNN)
Ashleigh Banfield
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Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Ashleigh Banfield is a Canadian-American journalist best known for hosting the popular television news program Banfield. A well-known journalist, Banfield has also hosted shows like Early Start and Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN. In 1994, she was honored at the NATPE Iris Awards with two awards under the Best of Festival and Best News Documentary categories.

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Lyse Doucet
(Canadian Journalist, BBC’s Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter)
Lyse Doucet
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Birthdate: December 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bathurst, Canada

Lyse Doucet is a Canadian journalist who works with the popular broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She is BBC's current Chief International correspondent. One of the most respected and decorated Canadian journalists of all time Lyse Doucet has received several prestigious awards, such as the Royal Television Society Award, Peabody Award, David Bloom Award, and a Silver Sony Award. 

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Lisa LaFlamme
(News presenter, Journalist)
Lisa LaFlamme
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Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitchener
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Amanda Lindhout
(Journalist, Autobiographer)
Amanda Lindhout
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Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Red Deer
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Olivia Cheng
(Actress, Journalist)
Olivia Cheng
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Birthdate: August 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Wendy Mesley
(One of the Most Recognized Journalists in Canada for Her Tough and Difficult Interviewing Style)
Wendy Mesley
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Birthdate: January 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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Adrienne Clarkson
(Governor General of Canada from 1999 to 2005)
Adrienne Clarkson
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Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Central, Hong Kong

Adrienne Clarkson is a Hong Kong-born Canadian political leader and journalist. She is best known for her service as the Governor General of Canada from 7 October 1999 to 27 September 2005. Over the course of her career, Adrienne Clarkson has won many prestigious medals and awards such as the Canadian Centennial Medal and the Vimy Award.

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Michaela Pereira
(Journalist)
Michaela Pereira
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Birthdate: August 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saskatoon
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Irshad Manji
(Author and founder of the Moral Courage Project)
Irshad Manji
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda
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Mary Ann Shadd
(American-Canadian Activist, Journalist, Publisher and the First Black Woman Publisher in North America)
Mary Ann Shadd
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Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

Natasha Fatah
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Birthplace: Pakistan
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Hazel Mae
(Canadian television sportscaster)
Hazel Mae
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Birthdate: April 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tagbilaran, Philippines
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Christine Simpson
(Journalist)
Christine Simpson
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Birthdate: October 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
 16 
Dawna Friesen
(News presenter, Journalist)
Dawna Friesen
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Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg
 17 
Jeanne Sauvé
(Politician)
Jeanne Sauvé
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Birthdate: April 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prud’homme, Canada
Died: January 26, 1993
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Catherine Herridge
(Author and Investigative Journalist)
Catherine Herridge
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Birthdate: May 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

CBS News journalist Catherine Herridge has won multiple awards, such as the Tex McCracy Award, for investigative journalism and covered many international events such as the 9/11 attacks. She has also worked with FOX News and penned the book The Next Wave, which spoke about homegrown terrorism.

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Tara Moss
(Author, Model)
Tara Moss
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Birthdate: October 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Victoria, British Columbia
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Joyce Napier
(Parliamentary bureau chief for CTV News)
Joyce Napier
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Birthdate: June 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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Sheila Copps
(Journalist, Politician, Autobiographer, Writer)
Sheila Copps
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Birthdate: November 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton
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Christie Blatchford
(Columnist, Writer)
Christie Blatchford
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Birthdate: May 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
Died: February 12, 2020

Canadian journalist and author Christie Blatchford had created history as her country’s first sports columnist. Also known for her award-winning book Fifteen Days, which was based on her experiences in Afghanistan, she was associated with publications such as National Post. She unfortunately died of lung cancer at age 68.

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Rachel Marsden
(Journalist)
Rachel Marsden
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Birthdate: December 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vancouver
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Catherine Clark
(Journalist)
Catherine Clark
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Birthdate: November 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: High River

Named to the Ottawa Board of Trade’s list of 40 under 40, Catherine Clark is a popular TV broadcaster and the daughter of former Canadian PM Joe Clark. She heads her own communications consultancy, Catherine Clark Communications, and has co-established the podcast The Honest Talk.

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Thea Andrews
(Journalist, Sports commentator)
Thea Andrews
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Birthdate: October 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Heather O'Neill
(Novelist, Poet)
Heather O'Neill
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Birthdate: October 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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June Callwood
(Journalist)
June Callwood
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Birthdate: June 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chatham-Kent, Canada
Died: April 14, 2007

Known widely as Canada's Conscience, journalist, author, and activist June Callwood had been associated with several publications, such as The Globe and Mail. She also established some of the first charity centers for women in Canada, opposed abortion laws, and co-founded the Writer’s Union of Canada.

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Kathleen Tynan
(Journalist)
Kathleen Tynan
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Birthdate: January 25, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canada
Died: January 10, 1995

Kathleen Tynan was a Canadian-British journalist and screenwriter. The daughter of prominent Canadian war correspondent Matthew Halton, she followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued a journalistic career. She started writing novels and screenplays following her marriage to theater critic Kenneth Tynan. She also published theater and literary criticism. She died from cancer in 1995. 

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Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
(Journalist and a senior editor of The Nation)
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
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Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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L.R. Wright
(Writer)
L.R. Wright
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Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: February 25, 2001
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Germaine Guèvremont
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Birthdate: April 16, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Jerome, Canada
Died: August 21, 1968
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Merle Shain
(Author, Journalist)
Merle Shain
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 1989 AD
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Sandra Gwyn
(Journalist)
Sandra Gwyn
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Birthdate: May 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. John’s, Canada
Died: May 26, 2000
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Annie Le Porte Diggs
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Birthdate: February 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: September 7, 1916