Brent Jang joined The Globe and Mail in March, 1995. After spending more than five years reporting on business stories in the Globe's Calgary bureau, he became the Business West columnist in August, 2000.
Born in Lethbridge, Alta., Mr. Jang persuaded an elementary school principal to let the budding journalist write and publish the school newsletter.
Many years later, Mr. Jang became the sports editor in Edmonton for the University of Alberta's student newspaper, The Gateway. After a year in sports, he got promoted to editor-in-chief of The Gateway for the 1983-84 school year.
Over the years, he's worked at The Medicine Hat News (Alberta), The London Free Press (Ontario) and The Canadian Press (Edmonton, Vancouver and Regina).
While working in the West with The Canadian Press, he covered a variety of diverse subjects such as circus-like politics in British Columbia and the original trial of Saskatchewan farmer Robert Latimer, who was convicted of murdering his disabled daughter, Tracy.
Mr. Jang's current Business West job takes him back to his roots in business and economics. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and also completed the Canadian Securities Course.
A Westerner who's driven down many country roads in British Columbia and on the Prairies, Mr. Jang knows the difference between a cabin (a Western term for describing a weekend retreat) and cottage (a type of cheese, but also a term used in the East to describe a retreat).