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Marsha Lederman moved to the Opinion section as a full-time columnist in 2022, after 15 years as The Globe and Mail’s respected and prolific Western Arts Correspondent.

Her award-winning work as an arts and culture feature writer included an oral history of Margaret Atwood’s wonderful and terrible 2019 article on Margaret Atwood's Artist of the Year; and a reported personal essay about the arts and essay on the arts and climate change.

As a columnist, Marsha’s areas of interest include social justice issues; politics; feminism; the environment; arts and culture; family life; and the everyday. She also continues to contribute to The Globe’s Arts section, primarily writing profiles.

In 2022, Marsha published her first book, Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed. It was a national bestseller that earned accolades and made many year-end book lists, including The Globe’s. In 2023, it won the Western Canada Jewish Book Award for Memoir or Biography.

Marsha was born and raised in Toronto and has lived in Vancouver since 2007 (with stints in Barrie and Hamilton, Ontario, and Dublin, Ireland along the way).

Why did you become a journalist?

When I was growing up and learned about my family’s difficult history (my parents were Holocaust survivors), I thought: if only the newspapers had known. They could have reported it, and the outcome would have been so different. It was a very naïve response (the newspapers did know, there was some reportage, the outcome did not change). But it was an authentic one. And it led me toward and through the path that has shaped my life in every way. I believe in good journalism’s power to inform, guide and potentially change the world. It has been an absolute privilege to make this my life’s work.


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail


Bachelor of Applied Arts, Radio and Television Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), English Literature, York University

Honours & Awards

Western Canada Jewish Book Award for Memoir or Biography - 2023

National Newspaper Award (won) - 2019

Digital Publishing Award (nominated) - 2019

Gabriel Award (won) - 2006

RTDNA Dave Rogers Award (Ontario region) - 1994

Languages spoken


Marsha Lederman abides by The Globe and Mail Editorial Code of Conduct

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