Emma Gilchrist

Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director

Emma Gilchrist is a reporter, editor, public speaker and spreadsheet-keeper. She started her journalism career more than 15 years ago and co-founded The Narwhal with Carol Linnitt in 2018. Emma grew up in a small town in northwestern Alberta where she saw firsthand the important role resource development plays in Canadian communities. She went on to earn a journalism degree from Mount Royal University in Calgary and to work as a reporter and editor in Canada and the U.K., including stints at the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald. While at the Calgary Herald, Emma created a weekly environmental column and website called The Green Guide, which won an Alberta Emerald Award and Canadian Newspaper Association Great Ideas Award. In 2017, Emma was recognized by Canada’s Clean50 for building DeSmog Canada into a “powerhouse environmental investigative journalism outlet.” And in 2015, Mount Royal University honoured Emma with an alumni award for her work reimagining Canada’s media landscape. When she’s not tethered to her computer, Emma is happiest cuddling her geriatric cat and surfing the waves of Vancouver Island (not simultaneously).

Stories by Emma Gilchrist

Calgary, Alberta

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Alberta is an investigative environmental journalist’s playground. From the oilsands and their far-reaching consequences, to...