John Cairns is an award-winning Saskatchewan-based reporter, columnist and blogger. He reports mainly on politics and the court beat for the Battlefords News-Optimist and Regional Optimist newspapers, and also writes the monthly column John Cairns' News Watch for the News-Optimist.
He is the Optimist's main City Hall reporter in North Battleford and as such is a regular presence at city council meetings and other events of note in the Northwest area. He has also covered major news and was assigned to cover the Curt Dagenais murder trial in Saskatoon in 2009.
His commentary on the municipal election campaign in the Battlefords appeared on CBC Radio in Saskatchewan in October, 2009. John also covered the federal election campaign in 2008 for the newspaper.
John also reports on sports for the newspaper and in 2009 covered NASCAR's inaugural Canadian Tire series event in Saskatoon. His sports stories include coverage of the SJHL's Battlefords North Stars.
He regularly posts to the News-Optimist blog every Wednesday on a wide variety of topics ranging from sports to popular culture. He also has written movie reviews and columns for the film website Film School Rejects where he wrote the twice-weekly box office column The Reject Report from June 2007 until the spring of 2010.
Before joining The News-Optimist and Regional Optimist John worked for Sun Media's newspapers in central Manitoba, the Daily Graphic and the Central Plains Herald-Leader. There, he also served as city hall reporter.
Prior to his career in news, John covered sports for Rogers Television in the Mississauga and Brampton area in Ontario as a reporter and anchor. He began in television serving internships at both The Score and CTV News in Toronto, and as a reporter at Rogers TV in London, Ontario.
John holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Western Ontario.