Omar Mosleh is an three-time award-winning multimedia journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is currently employed as the senior reporter at Metro Edmonton.
Previously, he served as editor of the Fort Saskatchewan Record in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. At this publication, which dates back to 1922, Omar received two awards for his work: 1st place award for Best Editorial Page and 3rd place for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer at the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association Awards of Excellence.
Previously, he served as a a reporter for La Nouvelle Beaumont News, a community newspaper owned by Postmedia Network. At La Nouvelle Omar served as a one-person news team, responsible for reporting, photography, sourcing stories, production, updating the website and maintaining social media accounts.
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, guiding reporters, sourcing and assigning stories, laying out the newspaper, updating the website and setting the paper’s general editorial direction. Omar put the paper’s last edition to bed after the 82-year-old publication was shut down by Sun Media.
Before joining Postmedia Network, 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.
It was at the Town Crier chain that Omar won two awards for his reporting, receiving both 1st and 2nd place in the best news story in Ontario for publications /w circulation over 10,000 category at the 2012 Ontario Community Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Awards for his stories ‘For rich or for poor‘ and ‘Casa to become casino?’. His story ‘Finding peace in the village‘ received an honourable mention in the feature category at their 2011 awards.
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.
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.