Zosia Bielski is a national news reporter with The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto. Her work examines how people live together and apart; how they navigate family and relationship dynamics; how they structure their time use at home and at work, and how they age.
Zosia has traced the history of marriage in this country, the sharp rise of solo dwellers in cities, the pressures on women caregiving for their elders, and a growing movement of alternative housing for those hoping to avoid institutional care in older age.
She writes frequently about sexuality, sexual health, and gender. She has reported on pioneering desire researchers in Canada, and a sex ed program for high school students revolutionizing conversations about consent, pleasure, and self-respect. She has written about transgender teenagers alienated from their families and pandemic lessons from Canadians who lived through the HIV/AIDS crisis.
In 2018, she won the National Newspaper Award for beat reporting for her coverage of #MeToo's reverberations across schools, courts, and health care settings in Canada – from sexual assault victims looking beyond the legal system for amends to the ethical dilemmas posed by dementia, intimacy, and consent in nursing homes.
In 2021, she was part of a team nominated for Project of the Year at the National Newspaper Awards for the Globe’s L6P series, a look at the COVID-19 crisis in one racialized community. Here, she co-wrote a piece about gender roles shifting in multi-generational homes under lockdown.
Before joining The Globe and Mail in 2008, Zosia covered urban affairs and education at the National Post.
Years in Journalism
Years at The Globe and Mail
Honours Bachelor of Arts, English and semiotics, University of Toronto
Honours Bachelor, journalism, Toronto Metropolitan University
Honours & Awards
National Newspaper Award for beat reporting, 2018
Mindset Awards for Workplace Mental Health Reporting (honourable mention), 2020
National Newspaper Award for Project of the Year (nominated), 2021