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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'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...
'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...
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...
'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...
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...
'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...
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...
'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....
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 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...
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,...
'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...
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.
University of Winnipeg student fears deportation after being outed as gay | Metro News
Disowned by his own family for being gay, Hazim Ismail says living in Canada has been a relief since fleeing Malaysia three years ago. But the University of Winnipeg student...
Keeping the party alive
With hookup apps rising in popularity and the list of shuttered gay bars growing, could it soon be last call at Winnipeg’s two remaining queer clubs? Edge investigates.
Complete conservative collapse from six Winnipeg seats to zero
I worked in the field for Global News on federal election night. I set up live hits while co-ordinating with the station's control room in Edmonton, live tweeted, and shot...
Friends, family reeling after missing teen’s body found
Friends and family members are grappling with the death of Winnipeg teen Cooper Nemeth after his body was found last Saturday.
Back to square one for Manitoba’s NDP; Selinger stays on as premier, but party still divided
Premier Greg Selinger likely slept a little easier Sunday night. The embat- tled premier won his fight to keep his job and will continue to lead Manitoba, at least for now.
Relief, then more grief for Tina Fontaine’s family
Thelma Favel’s emotions couldn’t have been running any higher last Friday. Her 17-year-old grandson was stabbed during the early morning hours near McLean Avenue and Main Street...
Rally opposes Vince Li’s move to group home
With an eagle feather in hand, Carol de Delley vehemently denounced the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board’s decision to allow the man who beheaded and cannibalized her son to...
UN committee to hear plight of waterless Shoal Lake First Nation Monday | Metro News
Linda Redsky is packing her bags, leaving her isolated community, and preparing to share the plight of Shoal Lake 40 on the world stage. Redsky and possibly a second band member...
Death threats sent to gay University Of Winnipeg student in hate mail blitz
Hazim Ismail just wants the messages to stop. The gay international student studying at the University of Winnipeg has been inundated with hundreds of messages decrying him for...
Dewar named new finance minister after five dissidents resign
After sitting on the NDP’s backbench for nearly 25 years, Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar has finally been promoted to cabinet. On Monday Dewar stood in line with five other ministers...
Reaching new heights
Selkirk resident and long-time Ukrainian dancer Jared Laberge jumps during the hopak dance at the Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion while ladies with the Verba Ukrainian Dance Company spin...
Grandparents of bomb victim say justice served
John and Alice Shachtay were relieved but hardly aghast when they picked up the phone and found out the news last Tuesday.
Selinger grilled over hospital tender flip-flop
Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard grilled Premier Greg Selinger about a lawsuit initiated against the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority after the Selkirk Record revealed it...
Students' food fight with U of W
Frustrated University of Winnipeg students say they're fed up with the mandatory meal plan and want balances remaining on their pre-paid cards to either roll over or be...
Man dead after police-involved shooting in East Selkirk
Manitoba’s newly-minted Independent Investigation Unit will probe a late-night police shooting that left a 44-year-old man dead in East Selkirk Sunday night.
Changes to child-welfare system still years away
The province is pledging to better its child-welfare system while support- ing families who are at risk of losing their kids, but will take several years to implement key...
RCMP remain mum on 2013 St. Clements explosion details
RCMP are remaining tight-lipped about a 2013 explosion in St. Clements at the home of Iris Amsel, ex-wife of Winnipeg bombing suspect Guido Amsel.

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