Speaker Profiles

Heather Scoffield

Heather Scoffield

Ottawa Bureau Chief

The Canadian Press

Heather Scoffield is the bureau chief for The Canadian Press in Ottawa. She leads an award-winning newsroom of 18 people who regularly break news and dominate national coverage of federal politics. Heather started out covering fires, police and the school board at a small regional paper, moving on to The Canadian Press as a general assignment reporter. She spent a few years covering markets, economics and politics at Reuters before joining The Globe and Mail. Over 12 years, Heather wrote extensively for the newspaper and website about global financial crises, fiscal and monetary policy, and politics of all kinds.

She then joined The Canadian Press to cover social policy, environmental policy and federal politics, focusing on the fall-out of the 2008 financial crisis. Heather has won five National Newspaper Awards, including one in 2014 for the bureau’s work in covering the Oct. 22 shooting on Parliament Hill.

She has a Masters in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BA in international relations from York University. She lives in Chelsea, Que., with her husband and two children.

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