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Kai Nagata


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.

Twitter: @kainagata

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Stories by Kai Nagata


What Trump’s Win Can Teach Progressives

Trump tapped emotion to claim the presidency; how can we harness it to elect decent people?

By Kai Nagata, 12 Nov 2016


How Do We Save the Climate from President Trump?

Local resistance to destructive political forces can still return power to communities.

By Kai Nagata, 11 Nov 2016


New CBC Shows Mostly a Step Forward for Asian Canadians

‘Kim’s Convenience’ could even become a Canadian classic. But I have a few questions.

By Kai Nagata, 14 Oct 2016


Will Michael Chong Become Canada's Next Conservative Leader?

This coalition builder with a green streak might be the opposite of Stephen Harper.

By Kai Nagata, 5 Mar 2016


'Confidence Growing' Trans Mountain Pipeline Will Expand: CEO

Buoyed Kinder Morgan boss boasts 'communication' with Trudeau government.

By Kai Nagata, 17 Dec 2015


Spare a Thought for the Cannon Fodder Candidates

Most slog in the trenches, with slim shots at winning, on behalf of parties. For what?

By Kai Nagata, 28 Sep 2015


Is Northern Gateway Dead?

One year after pivotal Kitimat vote, grassroots opposition hopes to hobble pipeline project.

By Kai Nagata, 13 Apr 2015


How 2015 Could Be Historic for Greens

What Elizabeth May has to offer Justin Trudeau, and her prize just two elections away.

By Kai Nagata, 31 Dec 2014


Three Political Paths to Stop Northern Gateway

Federal approval handed huge power to British Columbians. Our job is to get organized.

By Kai Nagata, 20 Jun 2014


After Harper, Who?

Rubbing elbows with the Conservative Party's brightest hopes. Dispatch from the Manning Conference.

By Kai Nagata, 3 Mar 2014


The Family Conservative

This weekend in Ottawa, the right eyes new political real estate. Dispatch from the Manning Networking confab.

By Kai Nagata, 28 Feb 2014


Two in Three British Columbians Say Northern Gateway Is Inevitable

Poll finds they oppose the project, distrust federal process, but see little recourse.

By Kai Nagata, 5 Feb 2014


Earthquakes Versus Pipelines

Are we ready for an oil spill in the Fraser River?

By Kai Nagata, 21 Jan 2014


Feast of the Sacrifice

For the first time this holiday season, I killed dinner.

By Kai Nagata, 25 Dec 2013


Manning's Map to Victory

The Conservative prophet lays out three epic tasks for those who would seek power in 2015. Heed him or lose.

By Kai Nagata, 11 Mar 2013


The Conservatives Party

Ron Paul, Preston Manning, and Ezra Levant walk into a bar. Welcome to the Manning Networking Conference, a political gathering like no other.

By Kai Nagata, 8 Mar 2013


Sixteen Questions for Activist Sam Harrison, 16

Pipeline opponent's JRP testimony became a social media sensation. What's next?

By Kai Nagata, 13 Feb 2013


Brazeau Just Latest Thrown Under Bus by Harper

PM shows, again, his talent for discarding people once deemed vital to his aims.

By Kai Nagata, 11 Feb 2013


Is Justin Trudeau Stephen Harper's Best Chance?

One of Canada's leading political scholars thinks so. A dispatch from the first Liberal debate.

By Kai Nagata, 21 Jan 2013


A Tyee Series

Idea #3: Want to Defeat Harper? Force Cooperation

Start by signing up to vote in the open Liberal leadership race. Third in a series.

By Kai Nagata, 21 Dec 2012


A Tyee Series

VIDEO: Bella Bella's Revitalized Fish Plant

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.

By Stephanie Brown and Kai Nagata, 2 Nov 2012


A Tyee Series

Hakai Beach Institute: A Science Hub for BC's Central Coast

Calvert Island may seem remote, but it's where research opportunities abound.

By Jude Isabella, Stephanie Brown and Kai Nagata, 31 Oct 2012


A Tyee Series

VIDEO: Stone Fish Traps Explained

Heiltsuk archaeologist Elroy White on how an ancient technology worked. A video report from BC's Enduring Coast.

By Stephanie Brown and Kai Nagata, 30 Oct 2012


A Tyee Series

VIDEO: Bringing the Ancestors Home

Four decades ago archaeologists took these human remains. Last year, the Heiltsuk brought them home. A report from BC's Enduring Coast.

By Kai Nagata and Stephanie Brown, 29 Oct 2012


Five Questions for Kenney's Vote-Stripping Brigades

Why is the federal immigration minister trying to make 3,100 Canadians no longer citizens?

By Kai Nagata, 11 Sep 2012


Enbridge Misses Heiltsuk Pipeline Hearings

First Nation paddles to Shearwater, but Northern Gateway representatives a no-show.

By Kai Nagata, 27 Jul 2012


Coastal First Nation Pans Provincial Pipeline Stance

Heiltsuk leaders say BC government's announcement today changes nothing.

By Kai Nagata, 23 Jul 2012


Gun School

How many combat shotguns are there under my bed? Thanks to new laws, none of your beeswax.

By Kai Nagata, 30 May 2012


Chatting with Stursberg, My Ex-Boss and Arch-Nemesis

The former CBC veep shook up my work world, got fired and wrote a book. Time to catch up.

By Kai Nagata, 17 May 2012


Quebec education minister resigns amid tuition crisis

By Kai Nagata, 14 May 2012



Or, why we like politicians more the farther they are from power.

By Crawford Kilian and Kai Nagata, 9 May 2012


Come Workshop your Doc at The Tyee

A personal invite from Kai Nagata to hone the art of making great videos on a real world budget.

By Kai Nagata, 8 May 2012


Lessons from Quebec's Student Protests

They pay less than BC's post-secondary crowd, yet the revolt is unlikely to spread west. Here's why.

By Kai Nagata, 1 May 2012


How to Rescue Canadian Journalism

Reporters, academics and activists brainstormed in Montreal. Kai Nagata was there.

By Kai Nagata, 30 Apr 2012


Hello, I'll Be Your Bouncer Tonight

Late-night adventures with the city's wannabe VIPs.

By Kai Nagata, 31 Mar 2012


Occupy the Pews

In England and Canada, the Anglican Church seems to have forgotten whose side Jesus was on. Some folks are jogging its memory.

By Kai Nagata, 2 Mar 2012


A Tyee Series

Renaissance Man, Part 2

In which a blind man nears a record-breaking motorcycle jump and a filmmaker explores the power of 'natural constituencies.'

By Kai Nagata, 29 Dec 2011


'Renaissance Man': New Way to Make a Documentary

Blind man tries a motorcycle jump. And other improbable feats that might involve you.

By Kai Nagata, 29 Nov 2011


Fear and Pre-Occupied in Las Vegas

As protesters massed we condo shopped, took in Cirque du Soleil, placed odds on an empire's future.

By Kai Nagata, 4 Nov 2011


Why Harper Wants You to Know He Loves Hockey

And Tim's coffee and the military. I do, too. So why does every PM photo op feel so wrong?

By Kai Nagata, 6 Oct 2011


A Tyee Series

Nagata: The Roots of 'Fox News North'

Beware the agendas of media barons. Sun News Network's vitriol feeds a wider erosion of our public conversation. Last in a series.

By Kai Nagata, 14 Sep 2011


A Tyee Series

Kai Nagata: Warnings from Québec, Part 2

How media giant Quebecor's play for a new hockey arena helped ice the PQ. Second of three.

By Kai Nagata, 13 Sep 2011


A Tyee Series

Kai Nagata: Warnings from Québec

Why concentrated media ownership is great for corporate profits, dangerous for democracy. Part one of three.

By Kai Nagata, 12 Sep 2011


The Kai Nagata Note Sending Shivers through Canada's Media

Top young CTV reporter tells why he quit. Plus: his follow-up to an outpouring of response.

By Kai Nagata, 11 Jul 2011