Paul Samyn has been part of the Free Press newsroom for more than a quarter century, working his way up after starting as a rookie reporter in 1988.
And if you count the time he spent delivering the newspaper as a boy growing up in St. James, his connection to the Free Press goes back even further.
As a reporter, Paul wrote for every section of the paper, covered elections, wars overseas and the funerals of a royal princess and a prime minister.
The graduate of the University of Winnipeg and Red River College helped lead the Free Press’s political coverage for a decade as its Ottawa bureau chief before being named city editor in 2007.
In the summer of 2012, Paul was promoted to Editor, becoming only the 15th person to hold that office since the Free Press began publishing in 1872.
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If only the sand running out of the 2021 hourglass also signalled the end of the pandemic.
I don’t want to be naive in my annual New Year’s Eve message to Winnipeg Free Press readers, but I desperately wish the clock striking midnight Dec. 31 would be the demarcation between the annus horribilis COVID-19 dealt us and the viral-free 2022 we all want and need.
Unfortunately, I worry the image of an hourglass representing the waning days of the year misses the mark, given what the Omicron variant is doing to us all. What seems more apt is a snow globe in which we are trapped as COVID shakes up our world in ways that seemed unimaginable when 2021 began.
This was to be the year we moved past COVID due to the vaccine. This was to be the year health-care workers finally got a break. This was to be the year lockdowns became part of the past as a return to normal became the present.
The Toronto Star may boast it is Canada's largest daily newspaper, but the Winnipeg Free Press has been publishing for 20 years longer.
Regardless of each title’s claim to fame, the Star and Free Press are now working together to better serve their respective audiences and strengthen each brand.
Earlier this week, Star stories began appearing on the Free Press website, just as stories from the Winnipeg newsroom were being clicked on by Toronto online audiences.
The content-sharing agreement struck is simple and straightforward: we each have something the other doesn’t. By making use of the other’s content, each newspaper is able to offer more to its readers.