Sarah Scottt
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Experience

1997- Present

FREELANCE - TORONTO,ONTARIO

Feature articles and cover stories on a variety of topics for Report on Business Magazine, National Post Business Magazine, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Elm Street, Homemaker’s, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Reader’s Digest. Program consultant for the CBC’s the fifth estate on two documentaries. Recent cover stories have included a profile on entrepreneur Rebecca MacDonald, head of Energy Savings, which markets natural gas to consumers, and Canada’s top bankruptcy judge, Justice James Farley, who retired in 2006, as well as an investigation into Ontario’s nuclear renovation fiasco.

Won silver medals in the 2002 and the 2001 National Magazine Awards, as well as ten honorary mentions. Honorary mention at the 2001 Accenture Business Journalism awards. Award of excellence, Canadian Nurses’ Association, 2001 and 2003.

CORPORATE

Ghost writer for Deloitte, Bain & Company, and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Helped Bain consultants write articles for business and management journals, including Harvard Business Review, as well as a chapter in Bain’s M&A book. Wrote profiles of Deloitte consultants and case studies for the firm’s website. Created the concept and wrote all the copy for Rotman’s executive MBA website. Also wrote a variety of marketing materials for mutual funds such as Fidelity Investments, AIM and AIC Group of Funds, newsletters for a small Vancouver-based investment fund, and a website for Maple Financial Group, a privately held merchant bank. Wrote articles on Merrill Lynch’s international leaders for an in-house magazine. Helped write simplified prospectuses for U.S. mutual funds. Worked with a Toronto advertising firm, Advocacy, on the re-branding of a small investment firm.


1990-1997

 

THE GAZETTE - MONTREAL,QUEBEC

Public Policy Reporter (February to May, 1997). Feature reporting on public policy issues dealing with health, education and the  law.

Political Reporter (1990-1997). News, features and analysis of Quebec politics and government. Focussed on the drive for Quebec independence, the constitution and the language debates. Highlights include a controversial profile of Lucien Bouchard, the first articles on partition, and the Anglo anxiety in the wake of  the sovereignty referendum. Also specialized in public policy and finance. Frequently interviewed on radio and T.V.  And contributed weekly reports on Quebec to BCTV, a CTV affiliate in Vancouver.


Spring - Summer 1990

 

SOUTHAM NEWS - LONDON, ENGLAND
Western European Correspondent (March-August 1990). Five month posting. Covered the economic unification of Germany, the troubles in Northern Ireland and the changes to NATO as a result of Germany’s unification, and how the meaning of sovereignty has changed in a more united Europe.


1980-1990

 

THE GAZETTE - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC
Bureau chief at the National Assembly (1986-90). Responsible for The Gazette’s coverage of the Quebec government and politics. Extensive coverage of the Meech Lake constitutional round, the  crisis over the language of signs, the near-death and resurrection of the Parti Quebecois and significant public policy issues such as welfare reform.

THE GAZETTE - MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Medical Feature Writer (1983-86). Specialized in ethical issues such as whether to save the tiniest newborns and genetically damaged babies. Also reported on problems in Quebec’s health system, such as long line-ups for elective surgery.

General Assignment Reporter (1981-83). Stories included an exclusive on how Claude Charron, the Speaker of the National Assembly, ran away from security guards after he was caught shoplifting, as well as a ground-breaking story on a family’s complaint that their mother “didn’t die in French” at an English Montreal hospital.

SHERBROOKE  RECORD - SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC
General Assignment Reporter (March-June 1981).

NATIONAL JOURNAL - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Intern Reporter (August-December 1980).

NEWS OF THE NORTH - YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T.
Reporter (1978-79). Covered native issues including land claims.


Education

1978-1979

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS - URBANA, ILLINOIS
Masters of Science, Journalism. Worked at National Public Radio.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY - KINGSTON,ONT.
Bachelor of Arts with honours, history major with a minor in film. Arts editor at the Queen’s Journal. University squash team.

Personal

 

Sports: Tennis, skiing, squash. Member of the board of directors, The Power Plant from 2001-2007. Bilingual: French and English.