Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, briefly as a general assignment reporter, before being sent to the city hall bureau. After four years covering Mayor Glen Murray and Mayor Sam Katz, she moved to the Manitoba legislature.
Since 2009, she’s been the Free Press’s public-policy reporter focusing on longer features exploring everything from aboriginal issues to climate change to Manitoba Hydro to Winnipeg’s housing crisis.
Before arriving in Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star, where she was the country’s only labour reporter for a brief time, and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties right down to the Rio Grande, she took high-school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night, y’all.
Mary Agnes grew up in Alberta and is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school. She has won several Western Ontario Newspaper Awards and has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category.
She is the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and one of four Canadian reporters awarded a 2012-13 Southam Journalism Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto. She spent the year at the U of T studying aboriginal policy, urban planning and Canadian politics, while also shmoozing fancy people at Massey College.
She once misspelled “Shih Tzu” in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog owners.
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