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Christie Blatchford was born in Quebec and studied journalism at Ryerson University. She began her career in 1972 at The Globe and Mail and has since worked at the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, and the National Post. Blatchford won a National Newspaper Award in 1999 for her column writing and a 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for her book Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army. She lives in Toronto.


Christie Blatchford on Life Sentence

Award History

2016 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting – or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges)

Jury Citation

“In a career spanning four decades, Christie Blatchford has become the supreme doyenne of Canada’s court reporters. With Life Sentence she gathers her long experience as a civilian infiltrator of the justice system, offering an unrelenting critique of a cloistered branch of government far less often queried than the executive and the legislature. The power of Life Sentence lies not only in its questioning, at times incredulous tone, but in the countless specific examples of the failings of our criminal law apparatus.” – 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Nahlah Ayed, Megan Leslie, and Colby Cosh)