Saturday, 29 June 2019

The bio of Larry Powell, publisher of this blog.

Larry Powell, eco-journalist, blogger, 
science writer, photographer, 
videographer, activist. 
I'm a veteran, award-winning journalist living in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada. 

I specialize in stories about agriculture and the environment. For decades, I worked for broadcast outlets in western Canada, including five years as Senior Editor for CBC Radio News in Saskatchewan.

I am a member of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I am authorized to receive embargoed news releases  from the Science Media Centre of Canada, the World Health Organization, The Royal Society and Nature Research. This allows me to fact-check and get interviews in advance and have stories finished and ready to publish once the embargoes are lifted.

For at least a decade, I've amassed a "cyber-library" of hundreds of contacts with credible organizations and online publications in the field of conservation, the earth sciences, agriculture, energy, oceans and wildlife. I receive their newsletters and articles daily, via email. This allows me to stay on top of the latest developments in their fields of expertise.

In 1986, the Centre for Investigative Journalism chose my CBC Radio documentary about high cancer rates among workers at a uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, as the best in the country that year.

In 2012, the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association awarded my story on the reasons behind vanishing pollinators, second place in its environmental category.

And in 2014, I was a panelist at a world conference in Winnipeg -"Holding Power to Account - Investigative Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights."
Since retiring as a full-time employee in the late eighties, I've been able to devote more time as a freelancer, to deeply-researched articles on important issues of our time - climate change,  pesticide use and factory farming.

I've reported in many media over the years, both broadcast and print. These include CBC TV's "The National," CBC Radio, both regionally and nationally along with numerous print publications, including farm papers and progressive publications including the Journal, Alternatives.

I own professional photo equipment and am often able to provide high quality pictures to illustrate my stories. I also produce videos which can be viewed here.

I consider myself an "advocacy" journalist who first strives to tell stories which are factually-accurate, but which also expose injustice or wrongdoing that might otherwise remain in the shadows.

My hobbies include (and have included) organic vegetable production, reading, train travel and jamming with friends on my clarinet.

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