Laura-Julie Perreault

2013 to 2018

She is a journalist who covers foreign affairs at La Presse.

A member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Laura-Julie Perreault is a journalist at La Presse.

Born in Lévis, Québec, she received her B.A. in International Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar.

Following her undergraduate studies, she started her journalism career at Le Soleil in Quebec city before moving to Russia where she worked for the CNN Moscow bureau and freelanced for various publications and radio stations.

She was hired by La Presse in 2002, after taking a one-year reporting trip across the ex-Soviet Union for UK-based Gemini News Service. At La Presse, she is covering foreign affairs. Over the last decade, she has worked in over 35 countries, covering subjects ranging from the Tunisian Revolution and the Chechen War to the famine in Somalia.

For her international coverage, Perreault has received a Canadian National Newspaper Award as well as an Amnesty International Award. Outside of Canada, her work has been published by publication such as Le Monde, The Guardian and Elle.

At home, in Montreal, Perreault has focused her journalism work on immigration issues and the impact of anti-terror laws on immigrant communities. She co-authored Le guide du Montréal multiple, a portrait of Montreal’s historical and contemporary human diversity published by Boréal.

SIn 2013-2014, Perreault was a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. She is currently working on a documentary project about women combatants and a book about the need for renewed leadership in journalism.