Meet Karen-Luz Sison

Photo Credits: Jasmine Foong

I’m a journalist and writer who recently graduated from the Carleton University journalism program in Ottawa.  Most recently, I was the editor-in-chief of the Charlatan, Carleton’s independent weekly student newspaper, where I was involved for five years – first as a volunteer reporter, then as the Opinion/Editorial editor, and last as e-in-c.

Whether through fiction or fact, storytelling is what I love to do. I have a particular interest and passion for localized stories: getting to know a community by looking closer at its people, places, and events. This passion grew from getting to know the Carleton community through doing reporting and editing work for the Charlatan. 

Photo credits: Aaron Hemens

During my final year at the paper, I had the privilege of speaking on the value of local journalism, even in a school community, on a number of platforms, such as the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, CBC Ottawa, and J-Source.

Additionally, I’ve written various stories for the Charlatan and local Ottawa arts and culture publication ARTSFILE. Feel free to check out the work I’m proudest of right here.

A note on the website title

One of my past homes was the city of Portland, Oregon. It was here in this city that I first discovered a niche for journalism, avidly reading The Oregonian and even heading the production of a school newspaper in my elementary school. The slogan “Keep Portland Weird” stuck a chord with me a long time ago, ever since I was in middle school. So as I grew more in love with storytelling, I decided that, in my various online presences, I wanted to pay small homage to the city that first sparked my love for human and urban journalistic stories, hence “Weird City Report.”

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