Omar Mosleh is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is currently employed as a reporter for La Nouvelle Beaumont News, a community newspaper owned by Sun Media. His duties include reporting, photography, sourcing stories, production and updating the website.
Prior to that, he was the editor for the Meadow Lake Progress, a community newspaper in a city of 5,000 in northern Saskatchewan. In this capacity he served as the editorial team leader, editing copy, sourcing stories, laying out the newspaper, updating the website and setting the paper’s general editorial direction.
Before joining Sun Media, he worked as a reporter at Multicom Media, a subsidiary of Multimedia Nova Corporation. His duties consisted of writing, reporting and contributing photography for Toronto community newspaper chain The Town Crier and its sister publications Toronto Today and Vaughan Today.
As a general assignment reporter, Omar covered a wide range of beats, including health, education, transportation, arts and entertainment, municipal politics and community news. In this capacity he covered elections for all three levels of government, interviewed Toronto personalities such as comedian Colin Mochrie and participated in a media scrum with former Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty.
Omar is experienced in the nitty-gritty of daily reporting, from covering protests and local developments to hospital mergers and school board meetings.
He started his journalistic career at Centennial College, where he learned the importance of working independently while simultaneously being a team player and maintaining constant communication with his editor. Early on, as a student reporter for The East York and Toronto Observers, he used his strong written and verbal communication skills to develop clean, crisp copy to not only attract but demand the readers’ attention.
Omar was eventually asked to join the Centennial College Courier as a staff member, working as a campus editor. In this position he communicated with reporters to generate story ideas relevant to the student community and corrected their copy for spelling, grammar, style and punctuation. He also designed news pages and selected photos and stories for inclusion, all while juggling full-time academic commitments.
Upon graduation he worked as a freelancer, covering politics, education, human interest and sports. As a freelancer his work has appeared in the Thornhill Liberal, the Vaughan Citizen, the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s ‘Breakout’, the Centennial College Student Association’s ‘Beat’, and St. John’s-based Downhome magazine, among other publications.
As a young, self-motivated, energetic reporter, Omar Mosleh offers the demonstrable ability to come up with fresh story ideas. He has a nose for news and a proven track record of leading stories, not just following them. Most importantly, he is dedicated to the field and passionate about digging up stories that matter.
Some of his favourite journalistic moments include interviewing internationally acclaimed human rights activist and former child soldier Kimmie Weeks, interviewing (and photographing) a woman that dances with file cabinets, and writing about Michael Roberts, who went from drug lord and gang leader to aspiring pastor.