My name is Andrew, and until recently, I was an award-winning, Toronto-based environmental journalist. I still consider myself a writer and researcher of environmental stories, though in autumn 2020 I started on a new path undertaking PhD studies in urban environmental planning at the University of Waterloo. My work currently focuses on ‘stream daylighting’ as a means of helping cities become more adaptable to the worst effects of climate change.
Most recently, I was working on researching and writing a book that became Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis, which was published by ECW Press in March, 2019. The book tells the expansive story of a family of invasive fish that, despite being brought to North America with the best of intentions, were intentionally and unintentionally spread throughout much of the Lower 48 U.S. states. Now, they sit at the edge of the Great Lakes while we figure out how to stop them. I’m proud to say that Overrun was longlisted for the 2019 RBC Charles Taylor Prize, Canada’s highest award for nonfiction writing.
Before starting at UW, I was a senior reporter with urban affairs publication NRU and briefly the editor-in-chief of Alternatives Journal. Before A\J I was an energy and resource reporter with Queen’s Park Briefing, part of the Toronto Star Media Group, and a political reporter with Queen’s Park Today in 2018. I have also worked as the columns editor at This Magazine and was their environmental columnist from 2015-2017. When called upon, I’m also a contributing editor at the Missouri-based journal The New Territory.
I hold a Masters degree in geography from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
My work has been published in print in the Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights, Toronto Life, This Magazine, Spacing, Azure, Ontario Nature, Alternatives Journal, The New Territory and CIM Magazine. My writing has also been featured online in TVO.org, The Grid TO, OpenFile Toronto, Dandyhorse and Alternative Journal’s community blog since 2012.
In 2014, I won the Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award from environmental non-profit Ontario Nature for my coverage of the Ontario government’s summer-2013 gutting of the Endangered Species Act.