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Sarah Lawrynuik came to the end of her time as a student at McGill University and began to panic that she still didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up — an economics and political science degree sure doesn't set a person up for a specific career.
But in her senior year, work with Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden on concussion prevention in hockey led Sarah to a conference where she found herself across the table from the then-editor of Sportsnet Magazine, Steve Maich.
Maich told Sarah about the University of King's College journalism program and she knew right away it was the perfect fit. The second Sarah walked through the doors at King's she knew she'd found not only her career but her calling.
In the years since graduation, Sarah has worked across Canada as a print and radio reporter and producer — in Halifax, Banff and Calgary to name a few — and she has also traveled to Iraq, Hungary, Ukraine, and Portugal (among others) as a freelance journalist.
Sarah's passion is to learn about new cultures and perspectives around the world, and as such she's reported from 11 countries over the course of her career, including as the Gordon Sinclair Foundation fellow in 2019.
In 2018, Sarah began focusing her reporting on climate change. To help inform her coverage, she also began post-graduate study at the University of London, looking at climate change and global energy policy.
Climate change is the challenge of our time; Sarah hopes to bring fair, enlightening and agenda-setting reporting on the topic to Manitobans. Sarah welcomes your questions about climate-change impacts and related policy on Twitter or by email.
Funding for the Free Press climate change reporter comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.