We here at the Star learned this morning that we're gaining a new (old) colleague -- Pulitzer-Prize-winning Paul Watson, who most recently worked at the L.A. Times. Paul, who worked at the Star when he took his prize-winning photo of the U.S. soldier being dragged through the street in Mogadishu, has been hired to do "a unique venture" for us, according to the memo we got this morning from editor-in-chief Michael Cooke.
"Paul is coming back to launch a unique venture – the world’s first multimedia Arctic-Aboriginal beat."
Politically, Paul's other claim to fame is that he attended high school and was friends with none other than Stephen Harper. Last summer, Watson wrote a piece in The Walrus magazine about the Grade 13 camping trip that served a bit as a predestination exercise for both men. As he wrote:
Looking back now, there’s no mistaking it. I was perfectly positioned on the path to journalism. I could be an idiot one moment and pass as an expert the next. And Harper, hauling cargo alongside me, could suffer the fools all around — just keep smiling and see past them all the way to 24 Sussex Drive.