Brent Wittmeier is a reporter at the Edmonton Journal.

Brent has a master’s of journalism from the University of British Columbia (’10). He interned at the The Globe and Mail, The Edmonton Journal, Olympic Broadcasting Services, and CBC Radio’s As It Happens and Tapestry programs. His thesis, “The Meaning Beat,” profiled five full-time reporters covering religion in Canadian newspapers in 2009-10. Only two remained on the beat a year later.

Speaking of religion… Brent has a master’s degree from Regent College, a graduate school of theology in Vancouver. He left seminary with dreams of an Ivy League PhD, but took a more lucrative gig bottling beer at Labatt’s Edmonton Brewery. He acquired a “Beer Visa” and a half-centimeter glass shard in his right hand ring finger. He no longer has either.

Photo by Rick MacWilliam, Edmonton Journal

Brent has appeared on CBC’s Tapestry, on Corus radio’s The Rob Breakenridge Show and Crime and Punishment with Mike McIntyre. His written work has been published in The Tyee, Reader’s Digest, Canadian Poetry, Veritasse, and Crux.

Brent also serves as director and communications chair for Canadian Peacemakers International, an Edmonton-based charity facilitating computer-based learning and housing projects in Honduras.

Email: bwittmeier@edmontonjournal.com

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