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Barrie McKenna
Former StaffColumnist, National Business CorrespondentEconomics ReporterOttawa, Canada

Area of Expertise

Trade, economics, public policy, Canada-U.S. relations

Barrie McKenna was a correspondent and columnist for The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau. From 1997 until 2010, he covered Washington for The Globe’s bureau in the U.S. capital. During his U.S. posting, he traveled widely, filing stories from more than 30 states.

Barrie has also been a frequent visitor to Japan and South Korea on reporting assignments. He has also worked in Montreal and Toronto. A native Montrealer, he has degrees from McGill University (History) and Carleton University (Journalism). He is a five-time finalist for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards and winner of two Canadian Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Why did you become a journalist?

I was always a bit of a news junkie and writing came naturally


Years in Journalism


McGill University, B.A. History, 1983

Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 1984

Canadian Securities Course, 1986

Professional affliations

Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery

Languages spoken

English, French

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