Profile: Christopher Waddell

Profile: Christopher Waddell

Person

Christopher Waddell - Associate Professor
Director, Journalism and Communication
Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism

  • Degrees: Ph. D (York)
  • Phone: 613-520-2600 x 8495
  • Phone: (613) 520-2600
  • Email: chris_waddell@carleton.ca
  • Office: 4302C River Building

Christopher Waddell is the first occupant of the school’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism, the first chair of its kind in Canada.

He joined Carleton in July 2001 after 10 years at CBC Television News. From 1993 to 2001, he was the network’s Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa. From 1995 to 2001 he was also Executive Producer News Specials for CBC Television, responsible for all national news specials and federal and provincial election and election night coverage during those years.

Between 1984-91 he was at the Globe and Mail where he served in a number of positions including reporter in Report on Business, economics reporter in Ottawa covering among other things the Canada-US free trade negotiations, Ottawa bureau chief during the 1988 federal election In the period from 1989-91 he was associate editor and then national editor of the newspaper.

In his journalism career, he has won two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence.

Professor Waddell received a Ph. D in Canadian history from York University in Toronto in 1981, completing a thesis on price and wage controls and consumer rationing in Canada during World War II.

He is a member of Sustainable Prosperity - a multi-stakeholder research and policy initiative that aims to build a greener and more prosperous economy for Canada. The organization assembles leading thinking and provides cutting-edge resources and education on environmental pricing reform (EPR).

In addition to teaching he has served as national affairs chair for PEN Canada, been a board member of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and presently serves on the executive of the Ottawa Rowing Club.

GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT RECENTLY AND/OR CURRENTLY

  • Journalism 5701 – Reporting and Online Publishing – Capital News
  • Journalism 5706 – Professional Practices
  • Journalism 5708 – Advanced Reporting (Television)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT RECENTLY AND/OR CURRENTLY

  • Journalism 4201E – Specialized Reporting – Business and Financial Journalism
  • Journalism 4000 – Theoretical and Critical Aspects of Journalism
  • Journalism 4204 – Professional Practices – Online Publishing – Capital News
  • Journalism 4207 – Professional Practices – Television News and Current Affairs

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Financial Service and Public Policy edited by Christopher Waddell, John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy in co-operation with McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston 2004

Book chapters

  • “Policy and partisanship on the campaign trail: Mulroney works his wonder, twice” in Transforming the Nation: Canada and Brian Mulroney, edited by Raymond Blake McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston, Ontario 2007
  • “The media and the campaign” with Christopher Dornan, in The Canadian General Election of 2006, edited by Christopher Dornan and Jon Pammett, Dundurn Press, Ottawa 2006
  • “The newspaper campaign” in The Canadian General Election of 2004, edited by Christopher Dornan and Jon Pammett, Dundurn Press, Ottawa 2004
  • “The Communications Revolution and Canadian Foreign Policy” in Canada Among Nations 2004, edited by David Carment, Norman Hillmer and Fen Hampton, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston, Ontario 2004
  • “Erasing the line: rebuilding economic and trade relations after September 11″ in Canada Among Nations 2003: Coping with the American Colossus edited by David Carment, Norman Hillmer and Fen Hampton, Oxford University Press, Toronto 2003

Book reviews

  • “Living by the Polls: How government uses our opinions to sell us policies” in the Literary Review of Canada, Volume 14, Number 6, July/August 2006

MEDIA

Professor Waddell is consulted by and quoted regularly on radio and television and in print on issues ranging from public policy, politics, economics and elections to general business issues, the business of the media and the changing media landscape in Canada and internationally. He is also a frequent conference speaker and panelist.