Global National Ottawa Correspondent
Award-winning journalist Shirlee Engel has been covering national affairs in Ottawa for Global News since 2008.
Known for her investigative reporting and social media savvy, Engel’s series exposing inequalities for veterans with ALS prompted the federal government to change its policy. Veterans now automatically receive benefits.
She was part of a team that helped shine a spotlight on soaring electricity prices in Ontario — sending the issue to the top of the agenda at Queen’s Park. Engel was also one of the first reporters on the scene when a gunman killed a soldier in Ottawa and died in a shooting rampage on Parliament Hill in 2014.
Engel’s reporting career has taken her across Canada and the globe, tackling politics at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. She covered the 2011 federal election campaign and several budgets. She also travelled abroad with prime ministers for bilateral visits and international summits — including the G8, G20, APEC and CHOGM.
Engel has filed stories from some of the world’s hot spots, including Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Afghanistan as the Canadian combat mission was winding down.
A career highlight was working in Liberia with Journalists for Human Rights. Engel mentored African reporters — helping them to inject more balance and human rights issues into their storytelling, and improve their writing and production skills.
Engel studied journalism at Ryerson University and political science and economics at McGill University. She began her reporting career as a videographer for A News in Windsor, Ontario and also reported and anchored at Global Toronto and CHCH News in Hamilton.
When she’s not chasing news, Engel is a dedicated mom to her daughter and dog Cronkite (named after the legendary CBS news anchor). With a passion for travel, she has visited dozens of countries and never passes up the chance to explore new, exotic destinations.