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Extraordinary Alumni

Journalists educated at Carleton, making waves at home and abroad

You’ll see them everywhere — a foreign correspondent explaining a bloody overseas uprising, a sportscaster anchoring prime-time Olympic coverage, a gifted writer cracking wise on a digital news site. Carleton journalism graduates are high achievers who learned their craft in our classrooms and carved a path to success through the newsrooms of the nation.

What do journalism graduates go on to do?
It might surprise you.

Here are two lists that provide a glimpse of some of our grads’ exciting careers:

J-Grads on Twitter
A list of graduates using Twitter that shows where they’re working now.

J-Grads on Linkedin
A list of grads who post their professional profiles at Linkedin (requires Linkedin account)

TSN Sportscaster

James Duthie, BJ'89

A familiar face hosting hockey and football coverage for one of Canada’s top sports broadcasters, this J-School alum has also anchored Summer and Winter Olympics for affiliate network CTV, won three Gemini Awards and a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sportscaster in Canada, and authored three books — the latest, The Guy on The Left, published in 2015.

CBC Parliament Hill Correspondent and Host

Rosemary Barton, MJ'01

After covering the Quebec legislature for Global News, Rosemary Barton joined CBC’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa in 2007 and has emerged as a leading reporter and analyst on national political affairs. As host of CBC’s daily flagship Power & Politics, Barton regularly interviews the country’s top politicians, power-brokers and pundits.

Politics Reporter, BuzzFeed Canada

Emma Loop, MJ'14

A former Windsor Star writer and Ottawa Citizen mobile reporter, this recent Carleton grad became digital news phenomenon BuzzFeed Canada’s first political reporter based on Parliament Hill and covered the 2015 federal election. She now works at BuzzFeed’s main political bureau in Washington, D.C. Emma was awarded the Robert and Alyce Martin Scholarship and Rachael Elizabeth Edwards Memorial Award during her time at Carleton.

NGO Communications Chief, Three-time NNA Winner

Shelley Page, BJ'86

A former science journalist, columnist and feature writer at the Ottawa Citizen, Shelley Page is the strategic communications director and executive editor at Toronto-based Free the Children, the world’s largest youth-driven charity. She’s won three National Science Writers’ Awards and three National Newspaper Awards, the latest in 2014 for a 25th-anniversary piece revisiting her own reporting on the 1989 “Montreal massacre” of 14 female engineering students.

CP International Affairs, Justice and National Writer

Mike Blanchfield, BJ'87, MJ'15

After more than two decades as a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen, Mike joined the Canadian Press in 2009 and covers international affairs, justice issues and national politics for the country’s premier news service. In 2013 he was awarded the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship, which led to a ground-breaking series of stories on the lethal legacy of cluster bombs around the world.

Senior Writer and Writing Coach, Ottawa Citizen

Andrew Duffy, BJ'99

A specialist in narrative feature writing and a mentor to many young reporters learning the craft at the Ottawa Citizen, Andrew is a three-time National Newspaper Award winner. He was the lead writer for the Citizen’s 2006 NNA-winning special project on palliative care, which garnered a host of other awards, as well, and gravitates to stories with drama and emotion. Andrew has worked at the Winnipeg Free Press and Toronto Star, and for many years was a member of the Southam News national bureau covering Parliament Hill.

CBC Foreign Correspondent

Nahlah Ayed, MJ'97

She’s earned three Canadian Screen Award nominations for her television coverage of events such as the Iraq War and Iran’s presidential elections, reported from conflict zones in Lebanon and Gaza, and has reported on a wide range of other international issues for CBC television, radio and online from bureaus in Amman, Beirut, Cairo and London. Ayed was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 2007 for her exemplary coverage of the Middle East, published a best-selling memoir, A Thousand Farewells, in 2012, and was Carleton’s 2014 Kesterton Lecturer.

CBC Radio Host

Alan Neal, BJ'95

He keeps Ottawa commuters company each afternoon as host of CBC Ottawa’s three-hour drive-home show All in a Day, a blend of news, current affairs and arts coverage. Neal previously hosted the call-in show Ontario Today and the CBC music programs Fuse and Bandwidth. He’s also an accomplished playwright and author, publishing his first children’s book — Ava and the Little Folk — in 2012.

Producer, TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin


Cara Stern began producing TVOntario’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, in 2014. It’s a plum position in Canadian journalism, helping to steer the public television station’s daily, in-depth probes of the biggest political and social issues in the country’s biggest province. Cara worked previously as an assignment editor and staff reporter at Canadian Jewish News and as an associate producer with the CBC.