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Chris Hannay

I am assistant editor in The Globe's Ottawa bureau, which means I work with bureau chief Robert Fife to direct our federal politics coverage and I fill in for him when he's away. I'm also the creator and co-author of the daily Politics Briefing newsletter (sign up here). I first worked at The Globe in Toronto in the summer of 2008 while still going to school. For the first few years I did just about everything – from page layout to writing stories – in almost every section of the paper. When The Globe created its first social-media team in 2012, I became the representative for the news department. It's there I co-created (with colleague Affan Chowdhry) one of my favourite projects: Election 2012: Canadians in America, an ambitious citizen journalism project that covered the U.S. election through the eyes of Canadian expats. (We were even featured on Harvard's Nieman Lab.) A year later I (briefly) let out my silly side with the video web series Chris vs. Chris. Later in 2012 I joined the politics team, and moved to Ottawa in early 2014 to work out of the parliamentary bureau. In addition to editing, I write my fair share of stories, often about art. I have volunteered on the executive of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. I love to work election nights.

Why did you become a journalist?

Journalism is a job that rewards curiosity – you get paid to learn, and teach what you learned to other people.

Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail



Bachelor of journalism (specialization in science) from Carleton University

Honours & Awards

Finalist for National Newspaper Award in explanatory reporting (2014)

Finalist for Canadian Association of Journalists award in data journalism (2016)

Winner of National Newspaper Award for arts reporting (2018)

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