About

The Fly on the Wall Media is the exclusive web space of award-winning journalist, multimedia producer and documentarian Kevin Spurgaitis. Employed in the Canadian and overseas media for nearly two decades, Spurgaitis has written in-depth feature articles and web-exclusive content for consumer and trade publications. He has served as a reporter, feature writer, digital content editor and multimedia producer for publications, such as the Bermuda Sun newspaper, the New Times journal and The UC Observer magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for The Globe and MailThe Toronto StarThe GuardianCanadian Healthcare ManagerThe Pharmacy PostThe Medical Post and Today's Parent, and has researched and produced for CTV NewsCBC documentary teams and Bell Media's Fibe TV1.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Spurgaitis has a special interest in public health, technology and human rights issues. In his tenure, he has interviewed prominent researchers, authors, NGO executives, public policy makers and Nobel Prize laureates, as well as international dignitaries, such as Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, then-UN Special AIDS Envoy Stephen Lewis and Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, the former force commander of the UN Mission to Rwanda. He has reported on the socio-economic tensions inside Toronto's Jane and Finch community, the longstanding HIV/AIDS pandemic and the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid around the world post-9/11. In a series of feature articles, he also chronicled the increase in suicides amongst First Nations youth and those living in Northern Ireland after the Troubles. For these and other reports, Spurgaitis has earned acclaim for journalistic excellence in both Canada and the U.S.

Testimonials

“Kevin was a valued colleague for 10 of the 11 years I served as editor and publisher of The UC Observer before retiring in 2017. During the time we worked together, Kevin performed a wide range of duties with passion and diligence, including feature writing, and copy and online editing. He was also an enthusiastic participant in the editorial planning and development process, and produced numerous digital mini-documentaries that tied in or related thematically to content in the printed magazine. Several of these were recognized for excellence by the Canadian Online Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards, as well as various press organizations in Canada and the U.S. Overall, I enjoyed working with Kevin and greatly admired his work ethic.”

— David Wilson, (Former) Publisher-Editor, UC Observer

“Spurgaitis is a skilled and committed journalist. He proves himself to be adept at constructing the kind of solid backgrounders and offbeat features that readers find both useful and compelling … In my 17 years in journalism, I have never worked with a reporter who is more fastidious about ‘getting it right.’ For Spurgaitis, this invariably means touching all the bases, soaking up and weighing all the facts, and then writing with the kind of fluency and authority that only thorough reporting allows. If you want a writer to ‘fudge it’ or tell half the tale, then Spurgaitis is not your man. He displays a knack for finding the noteworthy in the mundane and reducing the complex to the readable. He has a good ear for dialogue, and is able to win the trust of people through his earnest and sensitive approach to his work. Also a talented and creative photojournalist, he has a natural aversion to clichés and a keen eye for the unconventional.”

— Tony McWilliam, (Former) Managing Editor, Bermuda Sun Mid-Atlantic Newspaper

“A journal such as the Catholic New Times requires a versatile journalist and Spurgaitis was the embodiment of this. He never ceases to fulfill his responsibilities to the publication and its readers. As well, Spurgaitis’ many feature and hard news articles for us have been commented on as being completely thorough, transparent and fair. His prose is crystal clear, while his researching skills are excellent. He is extremely professional and an indefatigable digger of information, always double and triple checking facts and figures in this regard. I would enthusiastically recommend him not only as a journalist but as an interested and curious world citizen.”

— Ted Schmidt, Editor (Emeritus), Catholic New Times

“Spurgaitis takes the reader to the front lines. He uses highly credible sources and quotes; excellent background material and presents it all in a palatable format.”

— Richard Landau, Senior Executive Producer at CTS TV

“… Telling the important issues, Spurgaitis puts a human face on a story that could easily be drowned in politics and statistics.”

— Jeff Strickler, Faith and Values reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Awards

• Silver Award for Multimedia Feature for a Consumer or Trade Magazine 2015 (Canadian Online Publishing Awards)

• Silver Award for Online Video or Multimedia Feature 2014 (National Magazine Awards)

• Best Video for Multimedia Feature for a Consumer or Trade Magazine 2013 (Canadian Online Publishing Awards)

• Best Video for Multimedia Feature for a Consumer or Trade Magazine 2012 (Canadian Online Publishing Awards)

• Nominated for Best Multimedia Story for a Consumer or Trade Magazine 2011 (Canadian Online Publishing Awards)

• First Place for Magazine Feature Article 2009 (CCP Awards)

• First Place for In-depth Treatment of a News Event 2009 (CCP Awards)

• First Place for Biographical Magazine Profile 2009 (CCP Awards)

• A.C. Forrest Memorial Award for Magazine Feature Article 2009 (CCP Awards)

• Award of Excellence for In-depth Magazine Coverage 2009 (ACP Awards)

Publications

UC Observer

The Globe and Mail

The Toronto Star

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

CTV News 

Bell Media

The Guardian

• The Bermuda Sun

•  Buzzfeed

The Medical Post

The Pharmacy Post

The Canadian Healthcare Manager

Today’s Parent

Canadian Dimension

This Magazine

• The Catholic New Times

Contact

Phone:
416.568.6339

Address:
Printing Factory Lofts
201 Carlaw Ave., Unit 207
Toronto, ON
M4M 2S3

E-mail:
spurgaitis@rogers.com

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/FlyontheWall_ca

Instagram:
https://instagram.com/theflyonthewall_media/

Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/user36586927