Linda Solomon Wood is an innovator, entrepreneur, and award-winning journalist. As CEO of Observer Media Group and founder and editor-in-chief of the 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.
Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she's lived and worked in Paris, New York City and now, Vancouver, where she enjoys Canada's West Coast with her husband, two sons, ages 17 and 23, and two stepdaughters, ages 13 and 16. She immigrated to Canada shortly after 9/11 and became a Canadian citizen in 2012.
For more about Linda, read Nieman Lab's: We stepped in and started doing it. How one woman built an award-winning news outlet from her dining room table. Or watch these videos from public talks: Digital-born, Sam Sullivan's Public Salon; Inconceivable, Creative Mornings.