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.

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.

Jana has a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing from Baltimore’s Goucher College, and is working on an historic true crime biography.

She is one of the founders of the Rosie Ruiz Marathon, and founder and co-host of The Bad Girls Movie Club at Metro Cinema.

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