Chrystia Freeland

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Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Toronto Centre
Taking office
2013
SucceedingBob Rae
Personal details
Born1968 (age 44–45)
Peace River, Alberta, Canada
CitizenshipCanadian
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Graham Bowley
Children3
OccupationJournalist, author
 
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Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Toronto Centre
Taking office
2013
SucceedingBob Rae
Personal details
Born1968 (age 44–45)
Peace River, Alberta, Canada
CitizenshipCanadian
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Graham Bowley
Children3
OccupationJournalist, author

Chrystia Freeland (born 8 Feb 1968) is a Canadian writer, journalist and politician. Freeland has served in various editorial positions with the Financial Times, The Globe and Mail and Thomson Reuters, where she was the managing director and editor for consumer news before she announced her resignation to run for the Liberal Party nomination in the by-election to replace Bob Rae as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre. She won the Liberal nomination on September 15, 2013 and was elected to parliament in the November 25, 2013 by-election defeating Linda McQuaig of the New Democratic Party.

Early life[edit]

Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta.[1][2] Her father, Donald Freeland, was a lawyer and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada[3] and her mother, Halyna Chomiak Freeland (1946–2007), was also a lawyer who once ran for election in Edmonton-Strathcona, representing the New Democratic Party.[4][5] Her mother was of Ukrainian descent.[6] Freeland attended the United World College of the Adriatic. [7] She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian history and literature from Harvard University and a Master of Studies degree in Slavonic Studies from St Antony's at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1993.[8][9]

Career[edit]

Freeland started her journalism career as a stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist while working in Ukraine.[10] Freeland later worked for the Financial Times in London as a deputy editor, and then as an editor for its weekend edition, FT.com, and UK news.[10] Freeland also served as Moscow bureau chief and Eastern Europe correspondent for the Financial Times.[10]

Freeland served as the deputy editor of The Globe and Mail from 1999 to 2001.[10]

Freeland was the managing director and editor of consumer news at Thomson Reuters.[11] She was also a weekly columnist for the Globe and Mail. [12] Previously she was editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, a position she held since April 2011.[13] Prior to that she was the global editor-at-large of Reuters news since March 1, 2010,[14] having formerly been the United States managing editor at the Financial Times, based in New York City.

Freeland was criticized for the outsourcing of many jobs to India.[15]

Published works[edit]

She is the author of Sale of the Century, a 2000 book about Russia's journey from communism to capitalism[8] and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else in October 2012.[16]

Plutocrats was a New York Times bestseller, and the winner of the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize for non-fiction reporting on foreign affairs.[17] It also won the 2013 National Business Book Award for the most outstanding Canadian business-related book.

Personal life[edit]

Freeland is married to Graham Bowley, a British writer and New York Times reporter.[18] They have three children together.[19] She has lived in Toronto since the summer of 2013.[20][10][21]

Political career[edit]

On July 26, 2013 she left journalism to enter Canadian politics as a candidate for the nomination of the Liberal Party in the riding of Toronto Centre. On September 15, 2013 she won the nomination,[21] with an opportunity to replace outgoing MP Bob Rae in the November 25, 2013 by-election.[21] Freeland won 49% of the vote and was elected.[22]

Media appearances[edit]

Freeland has appeared six times as a panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher, on February 26, 2010, January 14, 2011, May 27, 2011, July 15, 2011, April 20, 2012, and October 26, 2012.[23] She has also appeared on The McLaughlin Group, The Dylan Ratigan Show, Imus in the Morning, Fareed Zakaria GPS, and The Colbert Report. She is a frequent guest on public radio's political debate program Left, Right & Center, produced by KCRW. In addition, Freeland was featured on a panel discussion on Tom Ashbrook's On Point regarding inequality and democracy in the United States.[24] In June 2013 she held a speech at the TED Talks, speaking on the subjects of economic inequality, plutocracy, globalization,[25] and "the growing gap between the working poor and the increasingly disconnected mega-rich."[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.littlepinkbook.com/resources/pink-profiles/chrystia-freeland%20
  2. ^ http://www.ukrweekly.com/old/archive/2000/170011.shtml
  3. ^ "Halyna Freeland's quest to 'change the world' influenced feminism in Alberta and Ukraine, and left a mark on her family and friends". Canada.com. July 14, 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: Halyna Chomiak Freeland". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ LeBlanc, Daniel (July 27, 2013). "Journalist Chrystia Freeland to seek Liberal nod for Toronto Centre". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.littlepinkbook.com/chrystia-freeland-u-s-managing-editor-financial-times/
  7. ^ "Chrystia Freeland". United World College of the Adriatic. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Chrystia Freeland." The Financial Times biography. 3 Feb 2004; 26 May 2007.
  9. ^ https://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/page.aspx?pid=594
  10. ^ a b c d e "Chrystia Freeland". Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development Canada (DFAIT). 2013-04-25. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.thebaron.info/news/files/296a73d3b0d04b5b935ccb7e582e4d39-782.php
  12. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/chrystia-freelands-plutocrats-wins-national-business-book-award/article12212770/
  13. ^ Saba, Jennifer. "Chrystia Freeland named Thomson Reuters Digital editor". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Chrystia Freeland Joins Reuters as Global Editor-at-large" (Press release). March 1, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/how-chrystia-freeland-hastened-reuters-nexts-demise
  16. ^ ‘Romney is Wall Street’s worst bet since the bet on subprime’ Ezra Klein, Washington Post, November 28, 2012. Interview with Chrystia Freeland.
  17. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/plutocrats-author-chrystia-freeland-wins-15000-book-prize/article10300456/
  18. ^ http://www.nowaydownthebook.com/about-the-author/
  19. ^ Weisblott, Marc (July 29, 2013). "Chrystia Freeland to make U.S. Media Party care about Canadian politics". Canada.com. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  20. ^ Semeniuk, Ivan. "NDP's McQuaig, Liberals' Freeland to face off in battle for Toronto Centre". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c Mok, Tanya (September 15, 2013). "Liberals choose Chrystia Freeland to face NDP candidate Linda McQuaig in upcoming byelection in Toronto Centre". National Post. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/live-results-from-toronto-centre-and-three-other-federal-byelections/article15587457/
  23. ^ http://www.hbo.com/real-time-with-bill-maher/index.html HBO: Real Time with Bill Maher.
  24. ^ "Inequality And American Democracy". 
  25. ^ Chrystia Freeland: The rise of the new global super-rich. TED Talks, June 2013
  26. ^ Speakers, Chrystia Freeland: Plutocracy chronicler. TED Talks, June 2013

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