Andy Blatchford

Reporter

Andy Blatchford

Andy Blatchford joined POLITICO in November 2019 after nearly 13 years with The Canadian Press, Canada’s national news service. Since arriving in Ottawa in 2014, he’s been covering politics, the economy, finance, the federal budget, the Bank of Canada, international trade and digital policy. Blatchford and his colleagues won a team National Newspaper Award for their breaking news coverage of the fatal Parliament Hill shooting in October 2014.

From 2007 to 2014, he was based in Montreal, where he covered everything from politics, to sports, to breaking news, including the Lac-Megantic oil-train disaster. One of his main tasks in Quebec was striving to explain the province’s cultural and social nuances to the rest of the country.

He has also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics, the post-earthquake response from the ground in Haiti and several overseas prime minister’s trips.

Blatchford, born and raised in Montreal, is a Concordia University graduate. He also has a degree in geography and had an earlier (and brief) career in geographic information systems. To help pay for his studies, he drove a Zamboni at a local arena. Immediately after graduating from university he covered municipal affairs for the Montreal-area Chronicle newspaper. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and their son.

Andy Blatchford