Linda Solomon Wood is CEO of Observer Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of National Observer. She works to strengthen and support public service journalism that investigates corruption, celebrates innovation, and illuminates and helps to make sense of the complex political and social challenges people face today. She previously founded Vancouver Observer and has led both publications to win Canada's top awards for public service, investigative journalism and excellence in reporting. She started her career as an investigative reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, where she won the United Press International awards for Best Public Service Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting. She later freelanced for publications including The Los Angeles Times, Orion, and the International Herald Tribune.
Laurie Few is National Observer's Managing Editor.
Laurie was executive producer of the Global News investigative and current affairs show, 16x9, for six seasons. There she headed up an award-winning team of investigative journalists and was responsible for all aspects of the show, including editorial direction, production and online content. During her time at the helm, 16x9 won numerous high-profile industry awards, including Canadian Screen Awards, national RTDNA awards and an Amnesty International Award. Most recently, Laurie was part of the senior management team at CPAC. As Director of Digital and Creative Content, she was responsible for working with editorial and production teams to plan and produce Canadian political content of the highest standard.
David McKie is an Ottawa-based adjunct journalism professor, data-journalism trainer and award-winning author who spent 26 years honing his skills at the CBC where his award-winning work (the CAJ, IRE and Michener) influenced policies in areas such as the adverse reactions of prescription drugs and medical devices, as well as the RCMP’s use of Tasers. David teaches at the schools of journalism at Carleton University and the University of King’s College. He is a trainer with the Canadian Association of Journalists, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors, who has co-authored three journalism textbooks and two user guides on the topics of access to information laws and privacy.