A pivotal time

A pivotal time r1 ... r33 Growing up as a quiet kid in a loud family, Stephanie Wood longed for a meaningful way to use her voice. Once she found her footing as a writer, it became clear journalism was a compelling way to elevate not only her own voice but the voices and stories of many others.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Stephanie will join The Narwhal’s reporting team this February as our newest B.C. reporter.

“It feels like a pivotal time” at The Narwhal, she says in a recent Q&A, in which she talked to us about her childhood, motivations and work as an Indigenous journalist.

“There’s a lot of bad news in journalism and it’s nice to join one of the independent outlets that are full of hope and growth.”

Welcome to the team, Stephanie! And you're right: it is a pivotal time at The Narwhal.

In fact, we’re currently hiring for four more positions: Managing Editor (thanks to all of you who generously donated to make this long-overdue position a reality), Audience Engagement Editor, Yukon Reporter and Northwest B.C. Reporter (the last two positions were made possible through the Local Journalism Initiative).

We are growing by leaps and bounds and right at this moment it feels like nothing is impossible. They say a gathering of narwhals is called a blessing and that’s never felt more true.

Read on for the week's top stories!

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-Chief

P.S. Want to say hi to Stephanie and welcome her to the team? She starts Feb. 3 and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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