Garrett Hinchey is a journalist and blogger based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Currently, he is employed as a multiplatform journalist and social media editor at CBC North, working on stories that span the Northwest Territories,the Yukon, Nunavut, and Nunavik, Quebec.
Garrett graduated with a Masters degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia in May of 2014. His undergraduate degree is in political science and economics and was obtained from the University of Victoria in May of 2012.
Garrett was a 2014 recipient of the Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship, during which he worked in CBC’s Vancouver newsroom, national radio syndication in Toronto, and investigative documentary program the fifth estate.
In 2016, Garrett’s #NWTVotes series of online forums was selected as a finalist for the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s innovation award. CBC North’s digital team, of which Garrett is a part, won the 2015 RTDNA national award for best overall digital: small/medium market. He has also been nominated for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for his work while at UBC.
In the summer of 2015, Garrett was selected as Canada’s delegate for the Young Reporter program at the Pan Am Games – a program aimed at giving young journalists experience and exposure in covering an international multisport competition. One journalist under the age of 25 was selected for the program from each participating country.
During the summer of 2014, Garrett served as a co-founder of WORST – an alternative online publication aimed at Canada’s “millennial” generation. In the fall of 2014, he was chosen as one of 100 delegates for the New Canada Conference, a three day event aimed at bringing together some of the country’s brightest young minds to imagine Canada in 2064.
At CBC North, Garrett has worked as a current affairs radio producer, on-air radio and video reporter, news reader, editor, and web writer.
While at UBC, Garrett completed Arctic Winter Games: Legacy as his thesis project. AWG Legacy is a multimedia, multiplatform online journalistic website dedicated to chronicling the social, cultural, and economic impacts of the Arctic Winter Games on the northern circumpolar world.
Garrett spent four summers during his undergraduate studies working in the communications division of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, where he wrote press releases, minister’s statements and speeches and was involved in the development of the department website.
During the Vancouver civic election in the fall of 2014, he assisted in policy development, research and communications for his friend and mentor, former journalist and media manager Kirk LaPointe, and the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association.
He is an avid sports fan – a former contributing writer for Raptors Republic, the official Toronto Raptors blog of the ESPN TrueHoop Network – and has declared his allegiance to the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays (NBA and MLB), Vancouver Canucks (NHL), Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) and West Bromwich Albion (EPL).
Garrett is the former student council president of Sir John Franklin High School in Yellowknife and has represented the Northwest Territories as an athlete in squash, basketball, volleyball, and fastball on the regional, national, and international stages.