Bio

Jana Pruden. Photo by Amber Bracken

Jana Pruden. Photo by Amber Bracken

Jana G. Pruden is an award-winning reporter at The Globe and Mail. She is the former crime bureau chief of the Edmonton Journal, and previously worked at the Regina Leader-Post, the Medicine Hat News, the Prairie Post and the Interlake Spectator. She is a sessional journalism instructor at MacEwan University.

Her writing has also appeared on Longform, Longreads and Byliner, and in magazines such as The WalrusReader’s Digest and Sharp.

Her story Fear on the Farm was named to Slate’s best crime writing 2013, and appeared in The Best American Sports Writing 2014 as a piece of Notable Sports Writing.

An annotated version of Street Fighter appears in Dan Rowe’s Feature Writing for Journalism and Media Students, a textbook published by Oxford University Press. She has won two first-place awards in the categories of Narrative Writing and Feature Specialty Writing Portfolio from the Society for Features Journalism.

One of her stories, Persepolis Found, became the loose inspiration for the Kevin Smith movie Yoga Hoser. You can hear an excerpt of Smith discussing the story through the Edmonton Journal, or listen to the whole episode, #288 Yoga Hoser, on Smith’s Smodcast.

In 2017, an Instagram-based feature. The Crichton Farm, won gold in two feature categories at the Digital Publishing Awards, and second place in Digital Innovation at the Society for Features Journalism.

Her 2018 feature After the Fire was named a Best Article on Longform,  and was chosen as one of Longform’s best crime stories of 2018. The story also appeared as a top pick of 2018 in The Globe and Mail.

Jana has a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing from Baltimore’s Goucher CollegeShe is the founder of The Flat Worms Writing Studio,  and founder and co-host of The Bad Girls Movie Club at Metro Cinema.

Contact Jana by email, janagpruden@gmail.com or read her work in The Globe and Mail.