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 a broad range of topics, from the war on ISIS, to the Israeli siege of Gaza, 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.

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. A Pulitzer Center grantee, Megan also serves as a mentor with the Coalition for Women in Journalism, and her work is featured in the Data Journalism Handbook 2: Towards a Critical Data Practice.

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MIDDLE EAST EYE

Remote locations
Columns Editor, 2018-present
Commissions and edits columns from throughout the Middle East.
Strives to present important regional issues with balance and depth.

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 and Python
  • 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

  • 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

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'There will be no 10 minutes': Israeli officer refuses to allow journalists in Gaza to collect their cameras and laptops before bombing their offices.

This infant survived an Israeli air strike on his uncle's home that killed his mother and his three brothers.

The Abu Hatab house was bombed in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing eight Palestinian children and two women

#Gaza #Palestine #Israel

‘We felt fear, and found ourselves being targeted directly’: Israeli authorities have led an unprecedented crackdown on local journalists attempting to cover developments on the ground in recent days. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-journalists-targeted-live-ammunition

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