Sharon is an award-winning investigative journalist, currently covering energy and the environment in Alberta, Canada, for The Narwhal. Her freelance work has also been published by The Walrus, Harper’s, The Tyee, J-Source, Alberta Views, and Maisonneuve, among others.
Sharon is the 2020 recipient of the Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism. Her work has also been recognized in numerous award ceremonies, including as a finalist for the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists awards (for her story 15-minute approvals), as a finalist for the 2019 Alberta Magazine Awards in the Alberta story category (for her feature Rural Rite for Alberta Views), a finalist in the short-feature category of the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards (for her story The Lost Summer), as a finalist for the 2018 Canadian Association of Journalists awards (for her story Life After Coal), and as a finalist in the 2016 National Magazine Awards' Best New Magazine Writer category. She was a 2017 recipient of the Access Copyright Foundation's Marian Hebb Research Grant for literary arts and was longtlisted for the inaugural Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism in 2018 for her cover story for The Walrus about automation in the trucking industry.
Sharon has also worked as a Canada-based freelance researcher, fact-checker, and copy-editor. She has worked with Harper's Magazine, The Intercept, VICE Magazine (where she was named an 'Employee of the Month'), and The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, in collaboration with The Washington Post Magazine, Politico, Reveal, The Huffington Post Highline, and many others. For a full list of publications where Sharon has contributed research, head over here.
Sharon was born and raised on a goat farm in rural Alberta — the aspen forests and prairie sunsets just south of the boreal are her idea of paradise. Her other idea of paradise is in the Rocky Mountains of Waterton Lakes National Park, where she worked for five seasons as a naturalist, guiding hikes and teaching about bears and birds and wild things. She now lives in Edmonton.
She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Environmental Economics, and from Lunds Universitet (in Sweden) with a Master's in Economic History. If you want to read about some of her travels, she has had blogs (of varying — and quite poor — quality) on canoeing down the Mississippi River, working in India, and cycling to Mexico from Canada.