Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist, and author, who writes about science and social trends. She is a global thinker who specializes in investigative reporting. Her book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international best seller that won the prestigious U.S.-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Her one-woman play based on that book was nominated for a Dora award and she is performing it on a national tour.
Alanna also writes freelance magazine and newspaper articles, researches television documentaries and makes radio documentaries for CBC. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times science section, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks and Canadian Geographic Magazine. Alanna is also a prolific, inspirational public speaker.
Alanna’s first degree is in Latin literature and English literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Her second, a bachelor of applied arts in journalism, is from Ryerson University in Toronto. Alanna has an honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters from Trinity College, U of Toronto and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the U of Regina.
She started her career as a journalist at Canada’s The Financial Post where she covered the real estate market, the Robert Campeau and Reichmann business interests, and the Canadian banking industry. She won two awards for her coverage of the collapse of the Campeau empire.
After three years at The Post, she moved to Canada’s National Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, to write about social trends and statistics. Eventually, she became the national Calgary correspondent for The Globe and then, back in Toronto after six years, a feature writer on earth sciences. She won four major national and international awards during her stint at The Globe.
She left daily journalism in 2004 after 17 years to devote herself to writing popular science books and magazine articles.
Alanna won the 2008 Atkinson Fellowship in Journalism, a $100,000 prize, to conduct a new course of study on the intersection of neuroscience and education.
Alanna won the prestigious U.S.-based Grantham Prize for her second book, Sea Sick, in 2010, worth $75,000. The Grantham Prize is awarded to journalists for their coverage of broadly significant environmental issues. Read the press release here. In 2013, Alanna completed a writing residency in Marfa, Texas, a gift of the Lannan Foundation, where she did most of the writing of her latest book Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths.