Andrew is a Toronto-based award-winning investigative journalist, writer and editor. Versatile and deadline-driven, Andrew has a keen eye for details, both small and big picture, strong work ethic, impeccable organizational skills - and it comes with a positive attitude and the ability to work with a team and problem solve any challenges that may arise in a given project.
Andrew offers high-quality research, writing and editing services in a variety of ways - and for a range of subjects and topics from corporate communications, marketing and web design, not to mention his passion for journalism and the art of storytelling.
Andrew has worked in Canada's Arctic for Northern News Services where he began his career, in Caledon, Ontario as a crime reporter for The Caledon Enterprise, and the Toronto Star as a general news reporter. During his eight years in the newspaper business, Andrew has been recognized provincially, nationally, and internationally for his reporting, including a recent nod by the National Newspaper Awards.
He has also been the lead editor on a number of large editorial projects, including the production of an annual magazine for a Canadian-based construction association, and a number of supplemental publications for Northern News Services on the North's construction and mining industries. Most recently, Andrew helped edit and write a soon-to-be released environmental report on what Ontario's economy will look like in the future if the province were to adopt an Electric Vehicle policy.
Passionate about storytelling and diverse in skill, Andrew has begun to explore marketing and public relations. As an editor for AdvocateDaily, and currently an editor/writer at OurKids Media, Andrew works closely to help develop SEO-driven content that engages readers while promoting private schools, camps and retirement homes across Ontario and Canada. He's also a self-taught social media expert who understands the success a strong social media platform to drive a company's success in the online marketplace.
Freelancing for over four years, Andrew had worked for a number of quality national and regional magazines: Hazlitt, Reader's Digest, Alberta Venture, Up Here Business, Canadian Institute of Mining Magazine, This Magazine, The Snipe News, among many others that include provincial/territorial governments and trade associations.
He is also a strong advocate for mental health and addictions. As a recovering alcoholic, Andrew shares his story openly with the hopes of helping guide the discussion towards changes in how we view and deal with the two important social issues.
Journalism and writing aside Andrew is a music lover, vinyl collector and typewriter enthusiast.
Best International Reporting (Certificate of Merit) National Newspaper Awards, 2014
Arc of Instability: a long-form feature on the growing threat of homegrown terrorism in Canada, told through the stories of two men who went to North Africa to join terrorist organizations. One man died led an attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, where he died; the other, Aaron Yoon, ended up in a Mauritanian prison while his two friends he went with died in an attack in remote Algeria at a gas plant.
Best Investigative Series (1st place) Ontario Community Newspaper Association, 2013
Awarded for a three-part series on dog attacks in Caledon, Ontario. Shaped around a database of 400 dog attack reports spanning five years, the series exposed a lack of accountability between animal services, Ontario Provincial Police, the town and the regional government.
Best Education story (2nd place) Ontario Community Newspaper Association, 2013
Awarded for a feature on a gay Caledon high school student, their struggles with students, teachers and administration over her sexuality.
Best Investigation Series (1st place) Ontario Community Newspaper Association; Best Feature Series (1st place) Canadian Community Newspaper Association; Best In-depth Series (1st place) Suburban Newspaper Association (North American-wide), 2012
Awarded for a four-part series on Eric Larsfolk and John McCormick Jr., two Caledon boys who disappeared from the rural town in 1981. The boys have never been found.
Best Researched Series (1st place) Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association; Honourable mention, Canadian Community Newspaper Association, 2010
Three-part series on the decline of the Bathurst caribou herd in the Northwest Territories and the environmental, political and social impacts.
Best Photo Illustration (1st Place), Alberta Community Newspaper Asociation, 2011
Best News Story (3rd place) Canadian Community Newspaper Association, 2009
Best Education Story (2nd place) Canadian Community Newspaper Association, 2009