Christopher Waddell teaches business journalism, introductory video and a joint course on journalistic stories formulated through online simulations with students in the Bachelor of Information Technology program. Between 2006 and 2009 he was Associate Director of the School and served as the Director from 2009-2014.
With David Taras of Mount Royal University in Calgary he is the editor of and a contributor to How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics published in May 2012 by Athabasca University Press and How Canadians Communicate V: Sports to be published by Athabasca in 2015. He has also written chapters in a wide range of books on political, economic and media issues and is a frequent commentator in the media on those issues.
Professor Waddell joined Carleton in July 2001 after 10 years at CBC Television News as senior program producer for The National and from 1993 to 2001 Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa. From 1995 to 2001 he was also Executive Producer News Specials for CBC, 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 and 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 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.
In addition to his teaching he has served as national affairs chair for PEN Canada, been a board member of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. He presently serves as publisher of J-source, is an associate editor at iPolitics, and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, RowOntario and the executive of the Ottawa Rowing Club.