After working in radio out west, then in print in the east, reporter Carol Sanders returned to her roots in Winnipeg in 1997 to join the Free Press — just as the Flood of the Century hit.
After growing up on the corner of Dorchester and Stafford, then in the Corner Gas-like town of Dundurn, Sask., she returned to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba.
Carol graduated from Creative Communications at Red River College in 1987 and went to work in the old Free Press building on Carlton Street — not for the newspaper, but for radio station CKRC.
The West Coast beckoned, but Carol got only as far as B.C.’s Kootenays. She worked at the Kootenay Broadcasting System until ski season ended, then headed back east to work at her first daily newspaper — the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal. In the Lakehead, she got her feet wet in print, writing about the St. Lawrence Seaway, labour issues, aboriginal affairs and the law courts.
She was nominated for a B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Award for coverage of a racist, sexist speech by an ex-NHLer at a Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce event.
Carol came home to Winnipeg to work for the Free Press, where she’s a general news reporter with a passion for writing about newcomers to Canada and their settlement experiences.