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.
A Syrian refugee who arrived in Canada earlier this year has captured the faces of these innocent victims in a series of portraits. As Shirlee Engel reports, he’s now turning his talents to life in Canada. Continue reading →
Ontario’s long-term care homes warn the upkeep of hundreds of residences is in jeopardy with soaring hydro bills in the province. Continue reading →
After her four-month-old girl died of SIDS, Candace Sims was informed by the federal government that her parental benefits had been cut off and that she owed $600 for EI she had received after the death. Continue reading →
Residents fighting a wind turbine project have renewed hope that anger over soaring rural electricity prices will force the Ontario government to rethink a renewable energy development. Continue reading →
Ontario’s ambitious goal to put an electric car in every multi-vehicle driveway over the next decade could lead to higher electricity prices, an economist warns. Continue reading →
Calls for changes to police training are getting louder after Abdirahman Abdi, a mentally-ill Ottawa man, died in the wake of a confrontation with police this week. Continue reading →
Barb Phillips is one of a growing number of death doulas in Canada trying to transform the way we view death and the dying process. Continue reading →
According to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, only 16-30 per cent of Canadians currently have access to palliative care. Continue reading →
With politicians and pundits in Ottawa focussed on medically assisted dying legislation, there is frustration that the urgent need for palliative care is being ignored. Continue reading →
Political pressure may not enough to help a Canadian mother pleading for help bringing her four abducted children back to Canada, but the B.C. woman isn’t giving up hope. Continue reading →
Melissa Chatham was just 24 years old when her boyfriend Kelly David McKenzie beat her to death in front of his young son in 2008. Continue reading →
Monique Walley’s story underscores the ‘epidemic’ of domestic assault facing B.C. Continue reading →
Izzy Camilleri realized her real calling was to help bring fashion to a completely underserved community. In 2004 Camilleri launched IZ Adaptive – a boutique exclusively for people who use wheelchairs. Continue reading →
James Robichaud went from promising military recruit to being discharged with an injury before he could even complete basic training. Continue reading →
Global News has learned the RCMP is overhauling its mental health support system, starting by encouraging people to talk about it. Continue reading →