Linda Solomon Wood
Linda Solomon Wood founded Canada's National Observer in 2015 with the mission of putting climate change front and centre in Canada. CNO's team of climate experts and journalists have done just that, highlighting the economic, human rights and public health impacts of global warming. With an audience of more than 7 million people over the last year, CNO covers issues and challenges associated with climate such as public health, disinformation, corporate overreach and environmental justice. Our podcast, Race Against Climate Change, was a finalist for the Canadian Journalism Foundation's 'Best Climate Solution Reporting' award. In earlier years, our reporting has received more than 50 honours and awards, primarily for investigative work. Our subscribers include The Government of Canada, universities, libraries and civil society organizations as well as thousands of individuals and foundations who make our journalism possible. In 2020, Linda kicked off CNO's podcasts with "Conversations", interviews with superstars leading Canada in tackling global warming. (Returns March 2023.) Linda served for seven years as editor-in-chief of Canada's National Observer, before stepping into the role of publisher in the fall of 2022.
In 2009, Linda founded Vancouver Observer and developed it into a popular hyper-local publication. As the publication evolved to fill a gap in Canada with environmental reporting, critical coverage of the oil industry, and political reporting with a progressive voice, it outgrew the local brand. As a result, Linda launched National Observer in 2015 with a new team based in Ottawa and Toronto. That year she received a Vancouver Board of Trade award for entrepreneurial innovation.
Linda loves literature and has published a number of short stories in literary journals as well as magazine-length literary nonfiction in a diverse group of publications including The International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Orion Magazine and an anthology by Parallax Press. As a young reporter at The Tennessean newspaper, Linda received numerous awards for investigative reporting including The United Press award for Best Investigative Journalism, the John Finney Award for Best Economic Reporting, and the United Press award for Best Public Service Reporting. Later, she wrote about women who were changing the world against great odds, travelling to interview women in Africa and India, notably Wangari Maathai in Kenya, Medha Patkar in India, Noreen Kaleeba in Uganda, and Tibetan nuns in Dharmsala. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she has lived and worked in Nashville, Paris, and New York City. Linda's married to a guy who works in cybersecurity. She is the lucky mother and stepmother of four wonderful human beings.