Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal’s City columnist. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Stanford University, as well as a former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, she has also served as the Journal’s provincial affairs columnist, arts and culture columnist and as a member of its editorial board. 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 IDEAS.
Simons has earned six National Newspaper Award nominations for her editorials, columns and investigative political reporting, including one this spring, for her work with her colleagues Karen Kleiss and Darcy Henton on the Fatal Care investigation into Alberta’s child welfare system.
In 2005, she was part of a Journal news team that won an NNA for its coverage of the murder of for RCMP officers at Rochfort Bridge. She has also received recognition from the Edmonton and Alberta branches of 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. In 2008, she was honoured by the Edmonton Historical Board for her writing on Edmonton history, architecture and heritage preservation. In 2012, she won an International EPPY Award, from Editor and Publisher, for best use of social media. 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.
Simons lives in central Edmonton with her husband, teenage daughter, and bichon frise. She has squirrels in her attic and enjoys writing about herself in the third person.