Linda Solomon Wood is CEO of Observer Media Group and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the National Observer. She is a co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has served on The Future of News Committee at the Public Policy Forum and sits on the Board of Governors at the National Newspaper Awards representing digital media. Under her leadership, the National Observer made history as the first digital-only publication to win a National Newspaper Award in May 2017. It made history again that June as the first digital-only publication to receive a Michener Award citation at Rideau Hall for reporting in the public interest. The story of how she founded and built Observer Media Group was profiled on Harvard's Neiman Lab in January 2018 in an article entitled, "We stepped in and started doing it': How one woman built an award-winning news outlet from her dining room table."
Linda served for six years as Editor-in-Chief of Vancouver Observer. In 2012 and 2014, the Vancouver Observer received a Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award (Small Media). The Excellence in Journalism Award honours an organization that embodies exemplary journalistic standards and practices. A recipient of a 2015 Vancouver Board of Trade Wendy MacDonald Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation, she was honoured for building an inclusive new media company that served the community and provided opportunities for young people in a challenging environment.
Her first job as a reporter was at The Tennessean newspaper, where she was trained by John Seigenthaler as an investigative journalist. There, she won the United Press International Award for Best Public Service Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting for a series of articles on Industrial Life Insurance. US Senate Hearings were triggered by the series. The hearings resulted in federal regulations regarding "industrial insurance" being changed to make the sale of it illegal. She won the Lincoln University Unity Award for Economic Reporting for a series on the challenges of life in Nashville's public housing projects. A second time Linda's reporting led to federal legislative hearings, this time based on a series she wrote on discrimination against nurse-midwives by doctors (chaired by Al Gore who was then a U.S. congressman, as well as a former Tennessean reporter).