Kai Nagata is a graduate of Templeton Secondary School, the UBC English department, and Concordia University's Journalism program. He worked as a video production instructor at the Pacific Cinémathèque, then later as a radio reporter and videojournalist at the CBC in Montreal. Kai briefly held the post of Quebec City Bureau Chief at CTV, reporting mostly on politics, but resigned after losing faith in the potential of TV news to effect meaningful social change. Kai was Tyee Writer in Residence from September 2011 to June of 2012 and is developing documentaries and experimenting with new models for online journalism and political engagement.
Reporting beat: Canadian politics and media issues.
Connection to B.C.: The Nagatas were one of the original Japanese settler families on Mayne Island. After WWII, Kai's grandfather went back and bought an acre of land down the road from the farm where he grew up. He built a cottage overlooking Miner's Bay, where Kai still goes when he needs peace and quiet. Kai believes the most important issue facing British Columbians is anthropogenic climate change, and its implications for the natural systems we depend on.
Personal website: http://www.kainagata.com
Stories by Kai Nagata
This coalition builder with a green streak might be the opposite of Stephen Harper.
Buoyed Kinder Morgan boss boasts 'communication' with Trudeau government.
Most slog in the trenches, with slim shots at winning, on behalf of parties. For what?
One year after pivotal Kitimat vote, grassroots opposition hopes to hobble pipeline project.
What Elizabeth May has to offer Justin Trudeau, and her prize just two elections away.
Federal approval handed huge power to British Columbians. Our job is to get organized.
Rubbing elbows with the Conservative Party's brightest hopes. Dispatch from the Manning Conference.
This weekend in Ottawa, the right eyes new political real estate. Dispatch from the Manning Networking confab.
Poll finds they oppose the project, distrust federal process, but see little recourse.
Are we ready for an oil spill in the Fraser River?
For the first time this holiday season, I killed dinner.
The Conservative prophet lays out three epic tasks for those who would seek power in 2015. Heed him or lose.
Ron Paul, Preston Manning, and Ezra Levant walk into a bar. Welcome to the Manning Networking Conference, a political gathering like no other.
Pipeline opponent's JRP testimony became a social media sensation. What's next?
PM shows, again, his talent for discarding people once deemed vital to his aims.
One of Canada's leading political scholars thinks so. A dispatch from the first Liberal debate.
Start by signing up to vote in the open Liberal leadership race. Third in a series.
Recently reopened, the processing centre taps into the coastal abundance and hints at a resilient future. A report on the future of BC's Enduring Central Coast.
Calvert Island may seem remote, but it's where research opportunities abound.
Heiltsuk archaeologist Elroy White on how an ancient technology worked. A video report from BC's Enduring Coast.
Four decades ago archaeologists took these human remains. Last year, the Heiltsuk brought them home. A report from BC's Enduring Coast.
Why is the federal immigration minister trying to make 3,100 Canadians no longer citizens?
First Nation paddles to Shearwater, but Northern Gateway representatives a no-show.
Heiltsuk leaders say BC government's announcement today changes nothing.
How many combat shotguns are there under my bed? Thanks to new laws, none of your beeswax.
The former CBC veep shook up my work world, got fired and wrote a book. Time to catch up.
Or, why we like politicians more the farther they are from power.
A personal invite from Kai Nagata to hone the art of making great videos on a real world budget.
They pay less than BC's post-secondary crowd, yet the revolt is unlikely to spread west. Here's why.
Reporters, academics and activists brainstormed in Montreal. Kai Nagata was there.
Late-night adventures with the city's wannabe VIPs.
In England and Canada, the Anglican Church seems to have forgotten whose side Jesus was on. Some folks are jogging its memory.
In which a blind man nears a record-breaking motorcycle jump and a filmmaker explores the power of 'natural constituencies.'
Blind man tries a motorcycle jump. And other improbable feats that might involve you.
As protesters massed we condo shopped, took in Cirque du Soleil, placed odds on an empire's future.
And Tim's coffee and the military. I do, too. So why does every PM photo op feel so wrong?
Beware the agendas of media barons. Sun News Network's vitriol feeds a wider erosion of our public conversation. Last in a series.
How media giant Quebecor's play for a new hockey arena helped ice the PQ. Second of three.
Why concentrated media ownership is great for corporate profits, dangerous for democracy. Part one of three.
Top young CTV reporter tells why he quit. Plus: his follow-up to an outpouring of response.