Mike Hager is a reporter with The Globe and Mail’s B.C. Bureau in Vancouver. In recent years, he has covered subjects such as hate crimes, Big Tech's tax strategies in Canada, police oversight, real estate, the COVID-19 pandemic, money laundering , and the medical , recreational, and illicit cannabis industries. He loves writing incisive features about the characters who live on Canada’s West Coast.
Mike's reporting has been recognized by the National Newspaper Awards, Jack Webster Foundation, the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Online Journalism Awards.
Before joining The Globe, Mike worked as a reporter for The Vancouver Sun. He has a degree in international comparative studies, and has taught English in South Korea and Honduras, worked as a journalist in Santiago de Chile and studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Why did you become a journalist?
I endeavour to uncover how systems are hurting or helping people, unpack why things are the way they are and then profile how they can be improved. My primary focus will always be holding those with power to account. I also love how journalism affords me the gift of interacting with an incredibly wide range of people.
Years in Journalism
Years at The Globe and Mail
Bachelor of Arts (Honors), International Comparative Studies, Huron University College at Western University
One-Year Post-graduate Journalism Certificate Program, Langara College
Honours & Awards
2022 Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Diversity + Inclusion Reporting, Finalist (leader of a team)
2021 Finalist for National Newspaper Awards' Bob Levin Short Feature Prize
2020 Winner of National Newspaper Award for Sustained Coverage (part of a team)
2020 Recipient of Jack Webster Foundation's Professional Development Fellowship
2018 National Newspaper Award for Investigations, finalist with Wendy Stueck
2017 Jack Webster Award for Best News Reporting Print, winner (part of a team)
2016 Jack Webster Award for Business, Industry and Economics, winner
2013 Finalist for CAJ Award for Daily Excellence, with Kim Bolan
2012 Jack Webster Award for best news reporting in print, winner (part of a team)
2011 Online Journalism Award for Breaking News – Small Site, finalist (part of a team)
CAJ (volunteer and mentor); Shared Bylines (scholarship and mentorship program); Media Accreditation Committee (member)