About Me

I am a news editor and writer for Upday UK: I cover breaking news from the UK and around the world and write original features on a wide range of topics.

Originally from Toronto, I graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, in 2018 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English, and a minor in Journalism. I moved to London to pursue a master's in International Journalism at City, University of London; I specialised in print journalism and arts & culture writing, and graduated with First Class honours.

I've previously worked as a creative writer at a marketing company, an editorial intern at a local magazine in Charleston, South Carolina, and an editorial assistant for Verge Magazine. 

As a freelancer, I've had articles published in The Globe and Mail, FLARE and Passion Passport.

Follow along for my published work, personal essays, and updates from my life in London.

Get in Touch!

I'm open to commissions! Please feel free to email me at zoe.bell@city.ac.uk or get in touch with the form below.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Bylines in The Globe and Mail, Verge Magazine, and Charleston Magazine.

Filters & Sorting

Opinion: Reality TV offers escapism, but at what cost to contestants’ mental health?

Netflix has struck reality TV gold with its latest hit, Love is Blind. On this dating show that makes relationships on The Bachelor seem conventional, strangers have the option to get engaged, but must do so within just 10 days – sight unseen. After “dating” from adjacent pods, contestants finally see each other face to face once they have popped the question. Four weeks later, couples walk down the aisle. “I dos” – and in some cases, “I don’ts” – are exchanged. When the show began streaming o

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My U.S. Internship

I have officially completed my internship in Charleston, South Carolina; my first-ever work abroad experience. While I am pleased I took a leap and found a job outside my home country, I certainly made plenty of mistakes and faced numerous surprises while obtaining my visa and moving down South. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. With that in mind, here are a few facts I wish I knew (or, at the very least, wish I had thought about more carefully), before I accepted my U.S. internship: 1. Find th

An Outsider's Perspective on U.S. Politics

When I decided to move to the U.S. for a few months, I got a few quizzical looks and raised eyebrows from fellow Canadians. With the current political climate in the U.S.—from the detentions at the border, to the battles over abortion and women’s rights to their own bodies, to the deeply flawed man and his tweets at the helm of it all—it seemed to be a strange time to enter the States. While there are lots of small differences I’ve noticed while living in the South, I don’t often feel like I’m

Splendor in the Glass | Charleston Magazine

Txakolina—often shortened to txakoli (rhymes with broccoli)—is native to the uniquely independent Basque region in northern Spain. With vineyards overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, salt air wafts over the vines, adding a component of ocean spray to the wine’s bright, mineral-driven taste. Frequently found as a white (made from indigenous hondarrabi zuri grapes), txakolina’s characteristic slight effervescence makes for an ideal beverage to break out as temperatures rise. “Spritzy wines cleanse the