Carmen Chai is a senior national online reporter covering health for GlobalNews.ca. Carmen has covered global health care issues from outbreaks of Ebola and Zika virus to providing in-depth looks at anti-vaccination movements and chronic diseases like obesity and Alzheimer’s. Over the years, Carmen won four health reporting awards for her storytelling.
Carmen has reported from several cities across Canada. She covered city news for The Province newspaper in Vancouver and for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Carmen spent two years in Ottawa as a national journalist for Postmedia News, where her stories appeared in 11 newspapers, such as the National Post, the Montreal Gazette and the Calgary Herald. She covered federal politics, Canadian and international breaking news and health while at the wire service.
Carmen joined Global’s digital team in January 2012. In 2013, Carmen’s reporting on pregnancy trends garnered a Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario award for best online story.
In 2014, her feature on vaccination rates in Toronto schools won a Canadian Medical Association award for excellence in local media health reporting. That same story garnered a second RNAO award.
In 2017, she won her third RNAO for her features on mental health education and how it should be taught in schools across Canada.
Carmen holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and has also studied abroad at City University London and La Sorbonne in Paris. She loves travel, has been to more than 25 countries and has lived in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Paris, and London, England.
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