Megan O’Toole is an award-winning investigative and data journalist with a career spanning two decades. She has reported from more than a dozen countries worldwide on topics ranging from the war on ISIS, to the economic impact of US sanctions on Iran, to the refugee crisis along the Mediterranean. As an international editor, she has managed dozens of journalists throughout the Middle East and North Africa, handling the commissioning and editing of stories from across the region. She is also a member of Bellingcat’s Global Authentication Project, contributing to an open-source investigation of potential war crimes in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Megan’s work has won a variety of accolades, including an award from Amnesty International for her coverage of indigenous land rights. She was part of the largest collaborative investigation in Canadian journalism history, Tainted Water, a prize-winning series that exposed unsafe levels of lead in drinking water and spurred government action from coast to coast. In the Data Journalism Handbook, her project on Israeli home demolitions in East Jerusalem was featured as an exemplar. A two-time Pulitzer Center grantee, Megan also serves as a global mentor with the Coalition for Women in Journalism, helping to guide colleagues as they navigate the industry.

CV

MIDDLE EAST EYE

Remote locations
Columns Editor, 2018-present
Commissions and edits columns from throughout the Middle East.
Plans and manages content in collaboration with all digital teams.

AL JAZEERA

Doha, Qatar
Producer and Deputy Editor, 2013-2018
Managed the Middle East and North Africa desk for aljazeera.com.
Travelled frequently throughout the region to cover major stories.

NATIONAL POST

Toronto, ON
News Reporter, 2008-2013
Specialized in legal and political reporting, routinely breaking stories.
Provided comprehensive coverage of city hall and court proceedings.

TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

Fredericton, NB
Legislative Reporter, 2008
Broke major stories about education, health and transportation.
Covered the daily workings of New Brunswick’s provincial legislature.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Toronto, ON
Front-page Editor, 2005-2008
Edited copy, designed layout and shaped front-page story lineup.
Participated in a strategy to redesign Canada’s national newspaper.

THE LONDON FREE PRESS

London, ON
City Reporter, 2004-2005
Reported on crime, politics and business on a general assignment basis.
Generated a weekly column about events in London’s arts community.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Hostile environment and first aid training
  • Experienced in SQL, Excel, Python and geolocation
  • World Press Photo digital photography training
  • Intermediate French and beginner Arabic skills

EDUCATION

  • Master of Investigative and Data Journalism, University of King’s College
  • Appointed to the National Student Investigative Reporting Network
  • Honours BA in English and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
  • Editor-in-Chief of The Gazette, UWO’s daily student newspaper

WORK

AWARDS

  • IJNR Field Reporting Award, 2021 recipient, Toxic Legacy
  • Pulitzer Center, 2021 grantee, Toxic Legacy
  • CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2020 finalist, Tainted Water
  • RTDNA Network Awards, 2020 winner, Tainted Water
  • Drum Online Media Awards, 2020 nominee, MEE Opinion
  • Michener Award, 2019 finalist, Tainted Water
  • Canadian Association of Journalists Awards, 2019 winner, Tainted Water
  • Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2019 silver winner, Standing Still
  • Atlantic Journalism Awards, 2019 gold winner, Tainted Water
  • Amnesty International Media Awards, 2019 winner, Nations Divided
  • Pulitzer Center, 2019 grantee, Nations Divided
  • Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards, 2017 longlist, Broken Homes
  • Drum Online Media Awards, 2017 nominee, Broken Homes
  • One World Media Awards, 2017 shortlist, Broken Homes
  • One World Media Awards, 2015 longlist, 24 Hours in Gaza

Twitter

Bush's admission of his crimes in Iraq was no 'gaffe.' His confusion over the invasions of Iraq and Ukraine should lead to western soul-searching, not mirth https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/iraq-russia-ukraine-war-george-bush-admission-crimes-no-gaffe

An “extensive investigation” - kinda like the work done two weeks ago by outlets such as @AJEnglish and @MiddleEastEye the same day Shireen was killed, while outlets such as @CNN were busy parroting Israeli propaganda?

In the aftermath of #ShireenAbuAkleh’s killing in Palestine, join @kirannazish in conversation with @dalya_masri, @megan_otoole and @RZabaneh about how women journalists have taken on the mantle of reporting the truth, often amidst a censored and biased media.

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