Althia Raj is a multiple award-winning journalist, ranked as one of the top 100 most influential people in Canadian politics by The Hill Times since 2015. She is currently a national columnist with the Toronto Star; the host/producer of the podcast, It’s Political; and a regular weekly panelist on CBC’s At Issue panel. Having worked at the heart of Canadian politics for more than a decade, Raj shares a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Ottawa, the state of politics, and what it means for her audience.
Prior to the Toronto Star, Raj was a national political reporter for Postmedia News and an Ottawa bureau reporter for QMI/Sun Media. She also worked as a network producer for CTV and an associate producer for CBC Radio’s The House before joining Huffpost Canada in 2011. She served as their senior editorial manager and Ottawa bureau chief until its closure in 2021.
In addition, Raj was a co-moderator of the 2022 Ontario election and a co-moderator of the 2019 federal election debate. She also organized and moderated a federal NDP leaders debate in 2017 and the 2018 Ontario PC leadership debate.
In 2022, Raj was awarded the John Wesley Dafoe Prize for Politics from the National Newspaper Awards. This was in recognition for her work covering the Liberal’s 2021 election campaign and the internal dynamics of the Conservative caucus that led to Erin O’Toole’s removal as leader. Raj has also won several digital media awards for her multi-media election coverage in both English and French.
Raj is a proud Parliamentary Internship Program alumna and graduate of McGill University. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and is a volunteer board member with the Ottawa Art Gallery.