Althia Raj is a national political columnist with the Toronto Star and a member of the CBC’s “At Issue” panel. She previously served as HuffPost Canada’s senior editorial manager and its Ottawa bureau chief, from the news site’s inception in 2011 until its closure in March 2021. She set up the Ottawa bureau and later ran its bilingual newsroom, overseeing its political coverage of Parliament Hill and of the National Assembly in Quebec City.
Althia was one of the moderators of the 2019 federal election debate. She also organized and moderated a federal NDP leaders debate in 2017 and the Ontario PC leadership debate in 2018.
She is the recipient of several digital media awards for her multi-media election coverage.
Prior to joining HuffPost, Althia 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 as an associate producer for the CBC Radio program “The House.”
Althia is a weekly contributor to CPAC’s French-language program “L’Essentiel” and its “Today In Politics” podcast. She is a frequent guest on Radio-Canada’s 24|60 and En direct avec Patrice Roy. During the 2021 election campaign, she also wrote a column in Le Devoir and joined Peter Mansbridge’s podcast for its weekly “Reporter’s Notebook” edition.
Althia is a proud Parliamentary Internship Program alumna. A graduate of McGill University, she currently serves on the board of trustees of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She is also a volunteer board member of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the co-founder of apt613.ca, an award-winning not-for-profit arts and culture blog in Ottawa.