Paula Simons

Edmonton Journal’s City Columnist

Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal’s City columnist. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Stanford University, as well as a former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has served as the Journal’s provincial affairs columnist, its arts and culture columnist and as a member of its editorial board. Before joining the Journal, she spent five years as a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of Canadian magazines, from Brick to Today’s Parent, and she is a semi-regular documentary-maker for CBC Radio’s flagship documentary program, IDEAS.


Simons has earned five National Newspaper Award citations of merit for her editorials, columns and political reporting. This May, she was the co-winner of the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting, for her work with her colleagues Karen Kleiss and Darcy Henton on the Fatal Care investigation into Alberta’s secretive child welfare system. In 2005, she was part of a Journal news team that won the National Newspaper Award for breaking news, for its coverage of the murder of four RCMP officers.  She has also been honoured by the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Alberta Centre for Civil Liberties Research, the Canadian Bar Association, and Canada’s governor-general for her columns championing social justice, civil rights and civil society.


Simons is a Canadian social media pioneer. She won the 2012 International EPPY Award, from Editor and Publisher, for best use of social media for a news service with under 1 million unique monthly visitors. (The prize for the news service with over 1 million visitors went to the Today Show.) That same year, she was a finalist for the Canadian Online Publishing Award for best use of social media and part of a Journal team shortlisted for the American 2012 Online Journalism Award for its breaking news coverage of a shooting spree and armoured car robbery on the University of Alberta campus. In 2013, she was recognized by Edmonton’s social media community with its first-ever “Yeggie” Award as the city’s top political blogger.


You can follow her on Twitter @Paulatics , “like” her on Facebook at facebook.com/EJPaulaSimons , or catch her weekly podcast, The Press Gallery, every Friday via iTunes.