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Shannon Sampert

Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness


Shannon Sampert

BA, MA, PhD

Shannon Sampert is a political analyst and media specialist who serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. As a former journalist, she explores the intersections of media, politics, and gender. In her role at The University of Winnipeg teaching politics and in the Masters in Public Administration program, she has inspired countless students to pursue advanced degrees in political science and related areas, or careers in politics and the civil service. In particular, Sampert is a sought-after media commentator during Canadian elections and for her expertise in areas such as political communications and sexism in politics.

Recently, Sampert took a leave from UWinnipeg to serve as the first and only female op-ed editor at the daily Winnipeg Free Press. She actively sought out academics to feature in the 

editorial pages on all manner of topics — from climate change and housing strategies to Indigenous issues. When Sampert returned to UWinnipeg, she took on the position of director and editor-in-chief of the Evidence Network, working with academics from across Canada to ensure their voices are heard in major media outlets. In the past year, more than 1,000 Evidence Network op-eds appeared in major Canadian publications, including Maclean’sthe Globe and MailHuffington Post, and Policy Options. This dedicated service expands citizens’ awareness and understanding of public policy issues and helps foster informed debate. She co-hosted a popular webinar for academics on how to write an impactful op-ed, and continues to write a bi-weekly column for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Sampert is generous with her time, as a speaker who meets with a wide diversity of community groups and organizations, including Equal Voice Manitoba, which helps women who are interested in entering politics understand how the media works. She provided assistance to Canada Beyond 150, a group of early-career federal civil servants who met in Winnipeg to work through issues such as feminism, reconciliation, and the environment. 

Shannon Sampert is, in every sense, a true public intellectual. The University of Winnipeg is proud to present her with the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness.