After three decades spent writing stories, columns and opinion pieces about television, comedy and other pop-culture topics in the paper’s entertainment section, Brad Oswald shifted his focus to the deep-thoughts portion of the Free Press’s daily operation. He was appointed to the position of Perspectives Editor in April 2017.
Brad joined the Free Press in 1987, shortly after graduating from Red River College’s Creative Communications program. A lifelong resident of Winnipeg, he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba.
In addition to the abiding interest in popular culture that informed his columns and reviews in the Free Press’s Arts & Life pages for many years, Brad has also maintained a keen interest in politics, news and public affairs, which guided his efforts when he began to contribute editorials to the Free Press's opinion pages in 2016.
He considers it a great honour – and an even bigger responsibility – to take on the task of shaping the daily mix of opinion and analysis, following in the footsteps of such esteemed editors as John W. Dafoe, John Dafoe, Gerald Flood and Shannon Sampert.
He’s thrilled to embrace the challenge of maintaining the Free Press’s tradition of providing its readers with insightful, well-informed and thought-provoking commentary as it continues to expand its reach across multiple content platforms.
Considering the hard time she gave him about the inordinate amount of TV he watched as a kid, Brad believes his mother would probably think his latest assignment is a pretty good move.