Getting to know a little more about Sarah Lawrynuik...
Please bear with me, I try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible, but I have to admit, it sometimes falls to the back burner.
I work as a journalist because I believe it's what I'm meant to do. I believe it's a job that plays a key role in the system of checks and balances on power in democracies, I also believe telling stories (wherever you are) helps people to connect and relate to one another. And let's be honest: it's really awesome that we get paid to learn new stuff everyday. Getting to interact with people from all walks of life is what it's all about, and I do that as far and as widely as I can.
I work in radio, video, and digital print. I have been trained as a MOJO, or mobile journalist, and can file high-quality content for all platforms using only the tools in my backpack.
Currently, Calgary, Alberta is my home base, reporting for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). For CBC Calgary, I also spent six months on a secondment in Lethbridge, Alberta where I worked as a one-woman bureau, filing for all platforms as needed. Prior to that I helped produce the station's radio morning show, The Calgary Eyeopener. During my time working with the radio team we won the RTDNA Charlie Edwards award for spot news, for our coverage of the tragic death of former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.
Ultimately traveling and trying to understand other cultures and societies is my passion. Most recently, I travelled to northern Iraq to report on the Iraqi operation to recapture the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State.
Other experience prior to my moving to Calgary includes working as a writer and associate producer for the digital and radio teams at CBC Manitoba. I also worked in a number of different roles at the CBC in Halifax, including producing supper-hour news, researching with the Investigative Unit, and reporting for TV, radio and online. I'm honoured to have been part of the team that won the national Dave Rogers Award for A Day in the Life of Nova Scotia.
I also had the privilege of tackling creative stories about community, mountain culture and national park ecology during a three-month contract at Banff Centre Radio (prior to its closure in 2015). During spare time, I work as a freelance writer, publishing features like this one on the mental health of first-responders in The Globe and Mail.
I studied journalism at the University of King's College, specializing in video and radio news and current affairs, multi-platform editing, and radio documentary. I also completed a Bachelor's degree at McGill University with a double major in economics and political science. While at King's, I was awarded a scholarship to the Canadian Military Journalism course offered through the University of Calgary.