About Me

I’m an Ottawa-born journalism graduate (Concordia University) with multimedia experience chasing and breaking stories in print, broadcast and digital journalism.

In 2014, I broke a national news story on page two of the Toronto Star about a conflict between a business owner and the office québecoise de la langue française over a Facebook page and was dispatched in 2013 to the Lac-Mégantic train disaster for VICE. My journalism has crossed international boundaries including stories about an indigenous celebration in Boliviaprostitution in Madrid and refugees in Belgrade, and has touched on every subject of news from the aftermath of the Paris attacks to tech fixes for concussion symptoms in football.

Find samples of my writing, video and radio work in the page tabs above or scroll through my personal perspective from a Nov. 2012 to March 2013 solo backpacking trip to South America. You can also contact me at joelbalsam1@gmail.com.


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