Associate Editor Digital News
As a child Wendy programmed in BASIC on her family’s TRS-80 and published a tabloid newspaper about her friends — both excellent training for her future career in online news.
Wendy brought her twin passions for writing and technology to the Winnipeg Free Press in 2008. She took on the the role of Associate Editor Digital News in 2013. Depending on the day she’s either credited with or blamed for the journalism on the paper’s website and mobile apps.
Before arriving at the Free Press, Wendy worked as a radio reporter and online writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as a travel writer in Europe and as a trainer for Journalists for Human Rights in West Africa. She’s also served as an election observer in Guyana.
A born-and-bred Manitoban, Wendy has degrees from the University of Winnipeg and the University of King’s College. She’s a big believer in lifelong learning and is always investigating something new, from books to musical instruments to hobbies to languages (both the spoken and programming varieties).
When her hands aren’t tap-tapping away at a keyboard, they’re usually snap-snapping away on a camera or immersed in a photo-development process. Wendy’s visual arts work has exhibited locally and internationally.
Recent articles by Wendy Sawatzky
Crossword-lovers clued in early and have been getting their fill for nearly a century12 minute read Preview Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2022
Free Press opens federal election portal for Manitoba candidates2 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Interactive map: The most popular item at each Manitoba Liquor Mart1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
Past and present, dreams and reality collide in Newman's new novel4 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019
Cannabis across Canada: How to buy, use, store and grow your pot1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Fictional trio leave civilization behind in dense dystopian drama4 minute read Preview Saturday, May. 13, 2017
California couple heads for the woods in post-apocalyptic tale of survival4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jul. 12, 2014
Growing pains: Novel traces outbreak through group of teenage girls4 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014
MAP: Unsolved cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Manitoba1 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
The number and nature of Manitoba’s unsolved cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women have always been difficult to pin down. With the help of research by Ottawa doctoral student Maryanne Pearce, the Free Press has compiled a detailed accounting.
Yellow markers in the map below indicate missing women; red markers indicate murdered women.
Click on any marker for more details on the case. Use the + and - controls at left (or pinch on a touchscreen, or scroll on your mouse) to zoom in and out of the map, or click and drag on the map to move around.
If you cannot see the map below, or are having trouble using it, try viewing in a new window. View or export this map's source data in Google Docs.
Facebook founder’s big sister has basic advice for life online4 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
INTERACTIVE: Popular baby names in Manitoba, 2006 – 20112 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
Manitoba Vital Statistics provided the Free Press with the top baby names for the last six years, broken down by postal "forward sortation area" -- the first three letters of a postal code -- which corresponds to a geographic area.
Because of privacy concerns, Vital Stats would only add a name to the list if 10 babies were given the name during the five-year period. In some areas, that means there is no data: no name was used ten times or more.
In some areas, 10 girls or boys were not born during the five-year period, so we have no names and no birth counts for those areas.
The data does not take into account creative or alternative spellings of the same name. For example, Hailey is a popular name in several areas, but a Haylee or a Haileigh wouldn't be added to the total.