New columnist will pull no punches
Atlantic Canada, Russell Wangersky is about to spell out clear straight lines.
The celebrated author is TC Media’s new champion for the region, a columnist who will speak out for Eastern Canadians.
He’ ll find your stories — and share his own truth.
Wangersky is one of the country’s most respected writers as well as a popular columnist at The Telegram in St. John’s.
There will be many times when you’ll hang on his every word.
On some days, though, you’ll rage against every paragraph.
But we don’t think you’ll be able to ignore where Wangersky will lead you in the end.
His new column, ‘Eastern Passages,” will appear in 27 TC Media publications, and across their websites, in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
His first column appears in this issue.
The intent is for Russell to be something Eastern Canada hasn’t had for many years in any newspaper — a true champion.
“I’m looking forward to it,” says Wangersky, who has won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and National Newspapers Awards.
“It will be a little different. It has to be issues that appeal and involve all Atlantic Provinces at the same time.”
Daily newspapers will publish new columns three times a week — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Halifax native notes no province within the region is entirely like the other, even though such misconceptions exi st about Atlantic Canada.
“It will take a lot of thought to find things that (have) a common thread for all four provinces at the same time.”
His 30- year career in media includes time spent working for the former Southam Inc. (now part of Postmedia News) and CBC. He spent the last 17 years at The Telegram. He is a three- time National Magazine Awards finalist.
“My writing is very observational, I think. They want me to bring my own perspective to the issues of the day.”
Beyond the world of journalism, Wangersky is a critically acclaimed author. His short story collection ‘ Whirl Away’ was a finalist for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. An earlier short story collection, ‘The Hour of Bad Decisions,’ was long-listed for the Giller Prize and also a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His second novel, ‘Walt,’ was released this month.
Wangersky spent eight years as a volunteer firefighter and wrote about his experiences in a memoir, “Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself.”
We expect Wangersky’s new role will have the powerful secondguessing their standing.
And it’ ll have the powerless across Atlantic Canada finally feeling they have a champion of their own.
“There is no better writer than Russell working at a Canadian newspaper and we are proud to have him on our team,” says Kevin McIntosh, TC Media’s director of content. “On any given day readers will love him or hate him but they will not be able to ignore him. You are in for a treat.”