January 27, 2020

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Solomon Israel

Reporter - Business

Solomon Israel is a full-time reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and for two years, the lead writer for Free Press' cannabis news site The Leaf News.

Solomon grew up in Boston, the son of two native Winnipeggers. He came to Canada in 2003 to attend the University of Toronto, and completed his masters of journalism at Carleton University in 2011.

After being anointed as a journalist, Solomon went straight to CBC News in Toronto, where he worked as a TV news producer on The Lang and O'Leary Exchange and other business news programming for CBC News Network.

After shifting to digital news reporting for CBC.ca, Solomon decided to stand out from the crowd by specializing in a timely topic: cannabis. He drove out to Colorado in the summer of 2016 to report firsthand on how legalized marijuana had affected the state, and came back to Canada determined to learn everything he could about the subject.

Solomon reported on Canada's nascent legal cannabis industry for the business news section of CBC.ca, until the Winnipeg Free Press lured him to the prairies with the opportunity to be the first dedicated cannabis reporter for a Canadian daily newspaper.

For the Free Press' cannabis news site, The Leaf News, Sol covered the social, legal, medical and scientific aspects of marijuana legalization. He continues to provide coverage of the the cannabis file while strengthening the Free Press' coverage of business in the city and province.

When Solomon isn't deep in the weeds searching for a story, he enjoys playing drums and meeting every dog in Winnipeg.

You can share your marijuana-related and general story tips with Solomon by emailing him at solomon.israel@freepress.mb.ca.