Maddie Binning is a writer, editor and photographer from Minnesota. She got her start in journalism in a ninth-grade Beginning Journalism class and fell in love with storytelling immediately. Her first article won a national award from the Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society in the category of Feature Story. She went on to win five more national awards through Quill & Scroll along with winning a Sweepstakes Award in 2013 for first place overall in the photo slideshow category.
She served as Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper, which received the highest rating from the National Student Press Association during her year of leadership. She also won Minnesota Journalist of the Year from the Journalism Education Association in 2015 before moving to Canada to attend Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University).
The university honoured Maddie with the Albert E. Wadham Memorial Award in 2017, and she completed her degree in 2018 after three years at the school. Following her graduation, she started on as News Director for Muskoka411 News while also offering freelance writing, editing and photography services. She is now living in Minnesota and freelancing full-time. When she’s not writing and reporting, Maddie can be found taking wildlife photos, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen or watching Jeopardy.