Sheri Monk is an award-winning journalist, and an adventurer with a passion for everything outdoors.
Most recently, Sheri was awarded the SWNA 2014 and 2013 Columnist of the Year honour, and she received the 2012 O.R. Evans Award for best single editorial on an agricultural topic published in Canada. She was named the 2009 columnist of the year in Saskatchewan, and won the national award for investigative journalism from the CWNA in 2009. As well, she has won several provincial awards for First Nations, agriculture and research stories.
Sheri has been a newspaper reporter, editor, publisher and owner within the print medium, but enjoys the roles of columnist and investigative journalist the most.
She currently lives at the edge of the Porcupine Hills in southwest Alberta with her two sons and her dog. Sheri is also a volunteer firefighter, an inept gardener and a new hunter. Her hobbies include studying and photographing rattlesnakes in their natural settings, and raising tarantulas in captivity. She is writing her first book, a fiction novel based in a rural, prairie setting.
“Once you start reading a Sheri Monk column, it’s hard to put down. Whether she makes you laugh, outraged or inspired – you can be assured of one thing … you will always be entertained.”
~ Kate Winquist, Publisher, Gull Lake Advance
“Hard-hitting investigative journalism is alive and well in Canada; of that there is no doubt. When a bunch of cattle mysteriously died at a nature conservancy site, Sheri took it upon herself to find out why. Sheri took the initiative to interview 50 people who had lightning-caused deaths on their farms, and to visit the site with a GPS system so she could cross-reference lightning-strike data she had obtained.”
~ CCNA judging panel
“Writing knowledgeably about professional ranchers is highly specialized writing – period. It’s beyond the grasp of the vast majority of freelancers today. I’ve always felt a responsibility to show my admiration for this tough career by ferreting out the rare gem of a writer. Sheri Monk is one such gem and I retain her skills as often as possible.
Ranching has a unique language and a strongly ingrained etiquette. It’s imperative that any writer that I hire be savvy not only in the basics (knowing what backgrounding cattle is, for instance) but also in the lingo and in the rules of what is considered good and bad manners when interviewing this increasingly marginalized society who are, and who continue to be, the original environmentalists.
I know without a doubt that Sheri is welcomed on the range because of her strong ethics, writing skills and solid reputation; and it’s an enviable reputation that she has earned – one word at a time.”
~ Terri Mason, Editor, Canadian Cowboy Country magazine
“She (Monk) should be applauded for her efforts, and other Saskatchewan newspapers should use her efforts as a template on what is important when it comes to First Nations news.”
~ SWNA judging panel