Shannon is the editor and director of She is the former perspectives and politics editor of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Shannon started as a volunteer radio reporter for a small radio station in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, when she was 15 years old and was hooked from that point on.

She has worked in radio, on television and for a small period of time, wrote stories and sold ads for a rodeo magazine (she still has the cowboy boots to prove it).

At the ripe old age of 32, she made the decision to get a degree, and earned her BA in political science.

Shannon enjoyed that so much, she got her MA in Communications Studies at the University of Calgary and then her PhD at the University of Alberta in Canadian politics.

She has published a number of articles on media, politics, and women — including a collection coedited with Linda Trimble called Mediating Canadian Politics.

She continues to research media depictions of female politicians and in her free time is a dedicated mother to her three fur babies, Norman, Ike and Barry.

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Commentaries by Shannon Sampert:

The deadly side of toxic masculinity
Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’
Manitoba’s McPhedran storms through Senate
Pay equity laws alone won’t close the gap
Is Manitoba next for #MeToo revelation?
Time to focus on domestic violence
How one Manitoban began his journey into AIDS research
Women feel budget cuts the most
Time to say no to ‘manels’ of experts

Nothing to be smug about in Canada

Men’s Sheds help build longer, happier lives
 // Les Hommes en action, pour une vie plus longue et plus heureuse
Time to bring epilepsy awareness out of the dark ages
Justice system re-victimizes indigenous women

Epilepsy shouldn’t be a death sentence

Public health ignores men’s suicide
 // Le suicide chez les hommes, un aspect ignoré par la santé publique

Podcasts with Shannon Sampert:

We need to talk about male suicide

Videos with Shannon Sampert:

How to write an op-ed: with Jennifer Ditchburn (Policy Options) and Shannon Sampert (