I’m a Toronto-based journalist who has been published in places like Toronto Life, Slate, The Walrus, The Guardian, Hazlitt, Reader’s Digest, The Believer, Canadian Business, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. I like writing longform, narrative journalism on a wide range of topics – an investigation into a mysterious Chinese dance troupe, an in-depth look at the lives of captive elephants, features on big complex issues from homelessness to end-of-life decision making to autism education and transit. I also write personal essays, cultural criticism, travel articles, and humour pieces, often about Royal Babies. Over the last few years, I’ve written a books column at Canadian Business, a sports column at Sharp Magazine, and a social-studies column at Hazlitt.
I’ve won multiple prizes at the National Magazine Awards, including the 2022 Editor Grand Prix, and my work has appeared in the anthology Best Canadian Essays in both 2009 and 2011. My Walrus story on the business of international education won the 2022 Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism, the CAJ Award for Written Feature, and the National Magazine Award for Investigative Journalism.
I’m currently the senior editor at The Local, a publication devoted to smart, longform stories about health and social issues. I’m also, weirdly, the composer and co-writer of two musical comedies and two holiday pantomimes.
Email: nhunebrown <at> gmail.com