Jen Zoratti

Columnist - Arts and Life

Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist who has an opinion on just about everything. (“The best Old Dutch flavour is dill pickle, and everyone else is wrong.” See?)

Jen uses her thoughtful writing and observational wit to comment on the local issues of the day as well as larger trends in technology, media, pop culture, health, human rights, and feminism.

Jen spent the first decade of her career as a music writer, first joining the Free Press in that role in 2013. In addition to telling readers how concerts were, she interviewed nearly every musician who graced this city’s stages, from St. Vincent to John Fogerty.

After writing a bi-weekly column for the op-ed pages, Jen became a regular columnist for the paper in 2015.

A lifelong Winnipegger, Jen graduated from the Creative Communications program at Red River College in 2006. Prior to coming to the Free Press, Jen was the music editor at Uptown Magazine and freelanced for CBC, the Huffington Post, as well as a veritable graveyard of now-defunct Canadian music rags and websites. She is a former Polaris Music Prize juror, and was selected to be on the Grand Jury in Toronto in 2015.  

In 2013, Jen co-founded the popular local blog, SCREAMING IN ALL CAPS: another feminist response to pop culture. Her personal essays have also appeared in various journals, including a local anthology on menstruation.

Jen co-hosts the paper's local culture podcast, Bury the Lede, podcast with fellow Free Press writer Erin Lebar