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James McLeod is the political reporter for The Telegram. He moved to the East Coast from Toronto in 2008 while pursuing a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and began covering national and local politics full-time in 2011. A past winner of the Atlantic Journalism Awards’ Jim MacNeill New Journalist Award, McLeod is a regular voice on CBC Radio. He lives in St. John’s.


James McLeod on Turmoil, as Usual

Award History

2016 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Turmoil, as Usual: Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Road to the 2015 Election

Jury Citation

Turmoil, As Usual is reporter James McLeod’s week-to-week diary of politics in Newfoundland and Labrador from September 2013 to December 2015 – a period of frenzy marked by a nasty factional struggle among the provincial New Democrats, a sequence of comic-opera crises for the reigning Conservatives, and an unfamiliar whirl of four premiers. McLeod’s quirky, intricate account has much to teach about Newfoundland, but do not overlook the universal lessons about retail politics and even journalism. The first draft of history is rarely so much fun.” – 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Nahlah Ayed, Megan Leslie, and Colby Cosh)