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About Me

freelance writer | content creator |

journalist | photographer

I've been writing creatively since I knew how to hold a pencil. As a kid and teen, I penned poetry, participated in young authors' conferences, wrote an advice column and edited my school newspaper, job shadowed at my small-town newspaper and wrote a regular column for it called "Through the Eagle's Eye."

I was destined for journalism. Cozying up to my dad, we watched CBC's The National and Journal nearly every night. I traveled from a young age and that helped spark my interest in current affairs and international relations as well.

I majored in both history and politics at Brock University and earned my BA in 1997. I went on to study at Sheridan College for one year and graduated with an honours post-graduate diploma in journalism.

Since then, I've enjoyed a diverse career in journalism, communications and education spanning two decades. My writing and photography has been published in the Reading Chronicle (UK), the Ottawa Sun, the Maple Leaf (newspaper of the Canadian Armed Forces) and on I've also worked for the Ottawa Humane Society, Government of Canada and, most recently, CBC Ottawa.


Always full of wanderlust, I've lived in England and Kuwait, and I've traveled to over 40 countries, soaking in the history and culture along the way.

I'm currently based in Ottawa, Canada, where I live with my husband, our boy/girl twins and our dog Frodo.

I write about a wide variety of subjects, but I particularly love focusing on the environment, conservation, travel, lifestyle and human-interest stories.

Image by Amy Hirschi

© 2020 Amber Schönhaar Nickerson