Austin Grabish

Multimedia journalist

I'm a multimedia journalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and have a special interest in human rights reporting. If you have a story you'd like to share, I'd love to hear from you.

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Canada

Portfolio

CBC News

'Ripped out my heart and stole it': Manitoba brides, vendors say convicted fraudster owes them...

Brides and wedding vendors say they want to be paid back thousands of dollars, alleging a Manitoba wedding planner and convicted fraudster faked invoices, inflated bills and...

CBC News

Death toll in flooded-out Manitoba First Nation hits 92 as evacuees wait to return home

Diane Sinclair wants to give her daughter a proper resting place, but it's a wish that seems impossible for the Lake St. Martin mother. "It's like a sponge," says Sinclair of...

CBC News

Woman found dead near border was en route to Canada to see newborn granddaughter

A Ghanaian woman found dead near the Canada-U.S. border was on her way to see her newborn granddaughter in Toronto and had been living in the U.S. under an expired visa, CBC...

CBC News

Frostbitten refugee will lose fingers, toe after 7-hour trek to cross U.S.-Canada border

A Ghanaian refugee who almost died during a trek to cross the U.S.-Canada border into Manitoba on Christmas Eve will lose all of his fingers, a toe and possibly his arms. "It's...

CBC News

'It's a shame': Manitoba Housing highrise sits empty for more than two years

The Manitoba government has taken the axe to renovation plans for a downtown Winnipeg social housing highrise that's sat empty for more than two years, despite pouring about $3...

CBC News

'Everything here is beautiful': Frostbitten refugee in awe at first Pride

​Staring at the sea of rainbow colours that blanketed Winnipeg Sunday morning, Seidu Mohammed was in awe. "It's so so beautiful," a smiling Mohammed said, looking at floats in...

CBC News

'They just walk on through': Hundreds fleeing past Manitoba border seeking refugee protection

Hundreds of refugees have entered Manitoba near the Emerson border crossing in an attempt to get asylum in Canada over the last year, CBC News has learned. The revelation comes...

CBC News

'He told me I had a big nose,' mom tears up after blind son sees her face for the 1st time

A blind boy from Selkirk, Man., is counting down the days until he'll be able to see his family again - something he did for the first time last week. Benny Francey, 10, is...

CBC News

UN, Amnesty look into asylum seekers walking into Manitoba

The United Nations says it is concerned about asylum seekers who are coming into Manitoba on foot from the U.S. in the bitter cold to make refugee claims. "They walk for hours...

CBC News

'You can see the layers of waste here'; Millions spent on maintaining village for flood evacuees

The Manitoba government has spent more than $2 million maintaining a housing village for Lake St. Martin flood evacuees, but just 10 people are living there, according to...

CBC News

'This is a way for everybody to heal': ex-Mountie on RCMP compensation for harassment

A former Manitoba RCMP officer says it's time to heal, but no amount of money will ever pay for what she and others in the force had to endure. Sherry Benson-Podolchuk was...

CBC News

University of Manitoba students receive 'extortion' letters over illegal downloads

Thousands of students at the University of Manitoba have received copyright infringement letters, some of which the school says amount to "extortion." Joel Guénette, the...

CBC News

'At best insensitive': Blood donation ad appears on gay hookup app Grindr

Canadian Blood Services says the placement of a blood donation ad on Grindr, a gay hookup app, is the fault of its mobile advertising vendor. In an ad that ran on Grindr across...

CBC News

Joyful Snapchat from Orlando nightclub was Winnipegger's last look at friend

The last time Winnipegger Clinton Houle saw his friend Edward Sotomayor Jr. it was through a Snapchat video - Eddie was dancing with his boyfriend, full of joy in a Florida gay...

Metro Winnipeg

'I don't want to go home in a coffin': Five years on, Lake St. Martin residents dying to go home...

Edee O’Meara stands in a hotel room preparing to say goodbye to her mom, wearing a shimmering black dress and sparkling new high heels. Her mother Shee Sheeb, a Lake St....

Dailyxtra

Gay Hutterite comes out after fleeing colony in rural Manitoba | Daily Xtra

Growing up he'd see the pictures in the paper. Drag queens, rainbow flags, and gay guys. While his peers scoffed about Winnipeg Pride being in the news, Garrett Wipf thought one...

Edge magazine

Edge Winnipeg, Winnipeg's only magazine dedicated exclusively to gay men

I shot the front cover of Edge Winnipeg and was editor-in-chief of the magazine, which was put together by myself and three friends in the Creative Communications program at Red...

CBC News

Mystery surrounds little-known free bus pass program for people with disabilities

A little-known city program that lets Handi-Transit users ride Winnipeg Transit for free should be better advertised and made available to more riders, advocates say. In 2006,...

The Selkirk Record

'It's so hard to realize that she's gone forever'

When Marie Walker looks out her office window she can see the house where her daughter took her last breath. A plain white house on Dufferin Ave. across the back lane from the...

Metro Winnipeg

Shoal Lake 40 member speaks to UN about water rights: 'We need to be treated with dignity' |...

She's shared her community's story with the world, but for now, Linda Redsky and other Shoal Lake 40 band members must wait.