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Maggie Macintosh got her start in journalism delivering newspapers door-to-door with a wagon she wheeled around her Hamilton, Ont. neighbourhood.
A decade later, in December 2017, she joined the Winnipeg Free Press team as an intern. That’s when she got her first front-page story in a daily, frostbite and, fairly quickly, fell for Winnipeg — a city just as gritty and underestimated as the one she’s from.
Maggie returned to the newsroom the following summer, before her final year at Ryerson’s School of Journalism in Toronto and again, after she graduated. She started as a full-time reporter the same day she turned 22.
Prior to packing her bags for Winnipeg, Maggie worked stints at CBC Toronto, CBC Radio and CBC Calgary. She was a 2019 recipient of the CBC News Joan Donaldson Scholarship. Her work has also been published in The Hamilton Spectator.
When she’s not making cold calls, Maggie calls line on the ice as a skip. During the off-season, she can be spotted on her bike or with a picnic and a paperback in Assiniboine Park.
Maggie is a bilingual English/French journalist who appreciates alliteration and tips on anything education-related. Contrary to popular assumption, if she were a teacher, she'd prefer a Granny Smith on her desk on the first day of school.
Funding for the Free Press education reporter comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.