An award-winning author, advocate and speaker with 25 years of experience on both sides of the microphone, Shari Graydon founded and currently leads Informed Opinions, a non-profit project of Media Action working to amplify women’s voices.
A former newspaper columnist, TV producer and commentator for CBC, she also served as press secretary to a provincial premier, and as president of Media Action (then called MediaWatch). Shari has taught communications and presentation skills at Simon Fraser University, written speeches for public officials, and delivered communications and media training to public and private sector organizations across the country.
Her best-selling media literacy books for youth, Made You Look – How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know and In Your Face – The Culture of Beauty and You were both honoured with children’s choice award nominations and other book prizes. Proceeds from her collection of essays by 41 women, I Feel Great About My Hands – And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging, support Informed Opinions.
Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN in 2006, Shari received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons’ Case for her advocacy work on behalf of women the following year. In 2014 she was named a University of Windsor Distinguished Visitor in Women’s Studies, and profiled by the Nobel Women’s Initiative during their 16 Days of Activism initiative.
Shari lives in Ottawa with the love of her life, David Mitchell.