Elizabeth McSheffrey: Freelance Journalist Profile
 
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Elizabeth McSheffrey

Elizabeth McSheffrey is a journalist from Ottawa with diverse experience in print, television and radio reporting. She currently works in northwestern Ontario, training Indigenous reporters in Grassy Narrows, Treaty 3 territory with Journalists for Human Rights. 

Since 2012, Elizabeth has developed radio journalism in Sierra Leone, covered a federal election, investigated corporate and political scandal, and freelanced her way around East Africa. She recently worked for Nation Media Group in Kenya, and as investigative reporter for the National Observer on Parliament Hill.

Elizabeth’s work has been published all over the world, by CBC, BBC, CBS, CTV, Globe and Mail, Slate, VICE, The Toronto Star, and others. 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 reporting has had national and international impact: this year, she was a co-finalist for the Canadian Hillman Prize for the joint Price of Oil investigation, which drove legislative change on air pollution in Ontario, and broke through a culture of silence on regulatory infractions within Canada’s lucrative oil and gas industry. Last year, 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 Canadian history. In 2015, her reporting on Canada’s fur industry provoked 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.

For more information about her travels, visit elizabetharoundtheworld.com. To contact Elizabeth with a news tip, please send a message through Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or elizabeth.mcsheffrey@gmail.com

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In a country where a woman is killed every 16 hours, and more than one environmental activist is murdered every month, what hope do these Honduran women have to make a change. My investigation takes you deep into the forests of Río Blanco to find out.


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A year-long investigation finds that the Government of Saskatchewan, in partnership with powerful oil and gas corporations, knew about a series of dangerous — and in one case, fatal — regulatory health and safety infractions in the oilpatch, but failed to actions that curbed the problem. They knew about the problem for years, but chose to keep their map of the danger zones a secret from the public.


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Toronto-based mining giant, Barrick Gold, spilled cyanide solution into five Argentina rivers shortly after firing an engineer who raised serious safety concerns about the mining operation responsible for the contamination. Court documents obtained by National Observer allege that Barrick, the largest gold producer in the world, abruptly dismissed senior engineer Raman Autar in 2014 to “escape publication” of critical health, safety and environmental violations he found at the Veladero mine, one of the world's largest gold mines.


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An investigation into the secretive world of Canadian fur-farming finds mink and fox suffering behind bars of farmers who bend the rules, unhindered by a set of loose provincial laws.


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RADIO - Sia Were is the bubbly young host of The Krazy Kool Show in Nairobi. I met caught up with her at her place in Kileleshwa, where she spills the beans on work-life balance and what it’s like to be an actress. The segment was published by NationFM, the flagship radio station of Nation Media Group in East Africa in December 2014.


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RADIO - Washingtone, Godwin and Chrispine work in ‘slum promotion.’ It’s all-encompassing term, they say, for the work they do as tour guides and fixers in Kibera, where they were born and raised. They often come under fire for bringing foreigners into the ghetto, but believe their intentions are misunderstood by many members of their community. In this exclusive interview, the three young men tell NationFM, the flagship radio station of Nation Media Group, how they navigate the murky ethical waters that come with the controversial job (February 2015).


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TELEVISION - Tear gas, bullets and beating follow a violent protest in Nairobi after a vegetable market was destroyed in a suspicious midnight fire in February 2015. View live coverage of the event, published by The Daily Nation.


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TELEVISION - In December 2014, Al-Shebaab militants struck Kenya once again, killing nearly 40 innocent civilians in a quarry near the Somalia border. This is a live Skype hit for CBC News Now describing the political and security situation in Kenya.


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