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Melissa Tait is a visual journalist for The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto. As photojournalist and video journalist she films, photographs, animates and edits visuals for stories across the organization. Melissa joined The Globe in 2015 after stints as multimedia editor at the Winnipeg Free Press and reporter/photographer at the Waterloo Region Record. She holds a diploma in photojournalism from Loyalist College and a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph. She was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario.

Melissa has won two National Newspaper Awards: One in 2021 sports photography for a photograph of the Canadian women’s Olympic soccer gold-medal win and in 2019 for breaking news with Renata D'Aliesio on the RCMP manhunt for murder suspects in northern Manitoba. Her work has been nominated for a number of other NNAs and she was a finalist in Large Newsroom Feature at the 2023 Online Journalism Awards from ONA, for Healing Through Drums. Melissa has also been recognized by the Digital Publishing Awards, the National Pictures of the Year Awards from the News Photographers Association of Canada and the Online Journalism Awards.


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail


Loyalist College, Diploma in Photojournalism

University of Guelph, Bachelor of Arts, International Development

Honours & Awards

Online Journalism Awards, Online News Association: Finalist, Large Newsroom, Feature

National Newspaper Award: Sports Photograph, 2021

National Newspaper Award: Breaking News Coverage, 2019

Digital Publishing Award: Best Video, Mini-Doc 2021

Digital Publishing Award: Best Feature, 2020

Professional affliations

Canadian Association of Journalists, News Photographers Association of Canada

Melissa Tait abides by The Globe and Mail Editorial Code of Conduct

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