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Catherine Mitchell

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Catherine Mitchell got her first real job taking direction from an editor named Twaddle. She figured there might be room for her in this business, too.

That brief gig ended when the Freep offered her three times the money to come West. The ink-stained wretch has been a newspaperwoman for more than half her life.

Starting at the Winnipeg Free Press in 1985, she covered courts, the legislature, social affairs and, after doing time on city desk, joined the editorial board. Her kids think she is suitably put among grumpy old men, telling other people what to think.

Mitchell’s pre-Freep experience included high-school stints writing for one of Ken Thomson’s first dailies and writing and reading news for one of Ken Thomson’s first radio stations; working weekends on Parliament Hill for Canadian Press; a summer at the Ottawa Citizen; and a spin at the Owen Sound Sun Times.

She planned on being in Winnipeg for a year but was enchanted by its architecture and the occasional blues bar.

Catherine.Mitchell@freepress.mb.ca

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