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Patrick White is based in Toronto, but prefers to file stories from small-town coffee shops. He reports mainly on reconciliation and justice issues.

Patrick has been posted in Winnipeg, Toronto City Hall and Kandahar Air Field. Starting in 2014, he focused on the use of solitary confinement in federal and provincial prisons. His reporting has been credited with changing laws around prisoner isolation in the country.

A four-time National Newspaper Award winner, Patrick is also the author of one non-fiction book, Mountie In Mukluks, about an RCMP officer posted to the Arctic during the 1930s, and one Globe and Mail e-book, Trial On Ice: An Oral History of the 1972 Summit Series. Prior to joining The Globe, he spent time at Newsweek and the New York Post.

Why did you become a journalist?

Front-row seat to the greatest show in town.


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail


Master of Science, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2006

Bachelor of Arts, History from the University of Victoria, 2004

Honours & Awards

Best New Writer, National Magazine Award, 2007

Best Long Feature, National Newspaper Awards, 2011

Best Multimedia Sports Stories in North America, Associated Press Sports Editors, 2013

Best Long Feature, National Newspaper Awards, 2014

Public Education Award, Canadian Criminal Justice Association, 2015

Beat Reporting, National Newspaper Awards, 2016

Best Short Feature, National Newspaper Awards, 2018

Best Reconciliation Reporting, Canadian Association of Journalists, 2021

Michener Award Finalist (team nomination), 2022

Patrick White abides by The Globe and Mail Editorial Code of Conduct

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