Mike Fisher has received 16 awards/honours for writing/photography/news and travel features (NATJA, TMAC, IPW, SFJ, CASE, AMPA) in the past three years.
Pull on a loose thread of Cuba’s interwoven musical genres, and you’ll unravel a history of farmer’s folk songs, gut-punch drumming, romantic ballads, old religious rites and seductive urban rhythms. Mike Fisher travels with photographer Liz Beddall to discover the country's history in its music.
AWARD WINNER, Society for Features Journalism (SFJ) 2019 Awards, Short Features, third. Mike Fisher goes birding, learns how to survive in the Mexican mangroves and escapes being a lunch for large reptiles. -- Toronto Star
AWARDS WINNER, Society for Features Journalism (SFJ) 2019, Diversity in Digital Features, second; also, CASE 2020 Platinum award. "In a wide Rwandan field, six-year-old Jean-Claude Munyezamu kicked a soccer ball up and down, keeping it aloft with his bare foot. The ball was made with plastic bags, one inside the other, held with twine. A dirt road led to his village at the edge of the city of Kigali, where the few cars and trucks that visited churned a trail of dust. A few boys straggled to the field’s edge, calling him, eager to play...
Gold Award, NATJA, photography, Arts/Culture. IPW Travel Writing Award, 2018, finalist, feature writing.
Preparing for a rising tide of seniors
AWARDS: AMPA 2020 finalist.
The brunt of caregiving for aging and ailing parents usually falls to women. The daily, overwhelming problems that Coles and others like her face are multiplied by millions across the country and swell into every corner of society...
Gold Award, NATJA, Photography, 2018. Honourable mention, TMAC photography/travel writing awards, people category, 2018.
This story of my musical journey to Beale Street, Memphis, home of the blues, has won travel writing awards/honours from three different organizations (NATJA, TMAC, SFJ).
TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada) travel writing awards, received 2018, Honourable mention.
AWARD WINNER: CASE 2020 AWARDS, feature writing, bronze. AMPA 2020 AWARDS, Finalist
A working physician in his fourth year of residency as a pulmonology specialist at Damascus University, he was enjoying a bright spring day. The passenger window eased down and a bulky man with a shaved head and dark sunglasses motioned to him. “Can I help you?” asked AlMasri, figuring the four men in the car needed directions.
They jumped out of the car, pulled AlMasri’s hands behind his back, ratcheted plastic ties around his wrists, pulled his shirt up to cover his eyes and...
The journey toward a remarkable scientific discovery is often long and winding. It can be a hard road, without a compass, that’s sure to reveal character. Discovery doesn’t arise magically. Clues are unearthed gradually, for the explorer who is clear-sighted and determined to see them and has the experience to recognize where they lead.
Dr. Pere Santamaria, MD, PhD, knows the journey well.
Got a gut feeling about something that might happen in your life today? You’re not alone.
“Whether we know it or not, we’ve all experienced the sensation of the connection between our gut and our brain,” says Dr. Braedon McDonald, MD, PhD.
The assistant professor in the departments of Critical Care Medicine and Medicine and a member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases in UCalgary's Cumming School of Medicine says: “People with an upset stomach or the feeling of butterflies when nervous...
Does your gut affect your mental health? Only recently, the idea that your gut could be shaping your mental health was considered far-fetched, more science fiction than actual science.
Now, UCalgary researchers are at the vanguard of worldwide research into what’s known as the gut-brain axis and how it may affect the way you think and feel, hoping their work will hold clues to causes of illness and perhaps novel new treatments.