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Spring 2024 Mentor Bios

Below you will find an alphabetic list of mentors for the Spring 2024 round of the mentorship program. Each mentor has their bio, who they are looking to mentor, the languages they speak, and what kind of mentee they are looking to work with.

Submit your application before 11:59 pm ET on February 28, 2024.

About: I am a reporter with CBC’s investigative unit and have been based in Manitoba for the last eight years. I am experienced in investigative longform digital storytelling, filed too many FOIs to count and love wading through boring documents to find a great story. I got my start in print and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Languages: English

About: I’m a national reporter with Global News out of Montreal. Over the last two decades with our national newscast, I’ve been lucky enough to report from every corner of Quebec, and every province in the country twice over. I’ve also covered conflicts and disasters around the world. My passion is for sharing people’s stories — and helping other people tell stories. I’ve built and delivered training courses at Global stations for more than 10 years. In 2022, I spent two months in the Dem Rep of the Congo with Journalists for Human Rights.

Languages: English, French

About: I’m a reporter with The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa Bureau and author of The Globe’s daily Politics Briefing newsletter. This is my latest assignment in a journalism career that has taken me across Canada, from a posting as the St. John’s correspondent for The Canadian Press, through CP assignment’s in Toronto and Vancouver. Also in Vancouver, I reported for The National Post and the Province, where I covered federal and provincial politics. I joined The Globe and Mail in 2007, covering politics, crime, the B.C. film and TV production sector, and a range of other stories while based in the Vancouver Bureau. My West Coast reporting included the Surrey Six murders, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot.

Languages: English

About: I am the Ontario bureau chief at The Narwhal, a publication about the natural world. Prior to that, I have been executive editor at Chatelaine and an editor, reporter and podcast host at The Globe and Mail. I was a co-founder of the Ethnic Aisle, a digital publication about race and ethnicity in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. I have won awards for my journalism from the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the National Magazine Awards, the Digital Publishing Awards, the Association of Ontario Midwives and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.

Languages: English

About: I’ve been a reporter for the Toronto Star since 2012, and joined our Parliament Hill bureau in 2017. Before the Star, I had a brief, year-and-a-bit stint as a writer for Maclean’s.

Languages: English, French

About: I am a National Magazine Award-winning writer and a senior editor at The Tyee. My first book of essays, Like a Boy but Not a Boy: Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender Binary (Arsenal Pulp Press), was a CBC Books’ pick for the top Canadian nonfiction of the year. My next book of essays, Hearty: On Cooking, Eating, and Growing Food for Pleasure and Subsistence, will be out in Fall 2024 with ECW Press.

Languages: English, French

About: I’m the News Director for Global News in Halifax and NB. I have a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University, and have been working in journalism since I graduated in 1992. I’ve worked in various producer roles for both CBC and Global News. I have called Halifax home since 1995. I’m currently the regional co-director for RTDNA, and serve on the board of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. I’m also on an industry committee looking to improve mental health supports for journalists in Canada.

Languages: English

About: I am a reporter at The Tyee based in Vancouver. I write news features (and the occasional reported essay) about urban issues: politics and inequality; housing and development; race and immigration; food and culture. My book “Under the White Gaze” on race and representation in Canadian journalism will be published this fall with UBC Press’s Purich Books.

Languages: English

About: I cover Ontario politics & provincial affairs for all CBC News platforms: radio, television and digital. I’ve been a reporter for so long that my j-school newsroom actually still had some typewriters, but for an old guy, I’m pretty adaptable. I started my career in newspapers (Kamloops Daily News [RIP], Vancouver Sun), eventually moved into radio, had TV reporting added to my job description, then online reporting too. I’ve previously lived and worked on both the east and west coasts of Canada, and spent about seven years freelancing overseas, mostly in Africa. Outside of work, I love to run, hike, bake, read novels and laugh at New Yorker cartoons.

Languages: English, French

About: I’ve spent the last eight years with CBC News, where I’ve filed for digital, TV and radio. Most of that time has been spent doing investigative and enterprise work in CBC’s Atlantic Investigative Unit, but I’ve also worked for CBC Sports. Before that, I spent several years working for newspapers including the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal and the Toronto Star.

Languages: English

About: Born and raised in Montreal, I cut my teeth working in community television in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory before joining APTN News as a cameraman/editor in 2008. In 2015 I was promoted to Video Journalist, where I covered daily news in Quebec as well as stories in Standing Rock, New York City, and Svalbard, Norway. In 2019 I became the producer for the French weekly newscast Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN before joining APTN Investigates in 2023. I am a two time nominee for the CAJ Awards in the “Scoop” category and am passionate about visual story telling as well as speaking truth to power.

Languages: English, French

About: I am the owner/editor of Ku’ku’kwes News, a news website I launched in 2015 that covers Indigenous news in Atlantic Canada. I have been working in journalism for 37 years. I have worked for media outlets such as the Chronicle-Herald, CBC Radio in Nova Scotia, Toronto and Saskatchewan and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. I have also taught courses at the University of King’s College and Cape Breton University. I have journalism degrees from Ryerson University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

Languages: English

About: I’m the energy reporter for The Globe and Mail, based in Calgary. I’ve worked in journalism across Canada at the Edmonton Journal, Regina Leader-Post and the Northern Pen in Newfoundland, as well as in my native Australia, the UK and Indonesia. Before energy, I specialized in provincial politics in Alberta and Saskatchewan (including podcasting), and covered everything from icebergs to polar bears in Newfoundland and Labrador. I have various fellowships under my belt, including the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, Energy Journalism Fellow at Columbia University and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Journalism Fellow.

Languages: English

About: I’ve worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years and half that time has been spent as a foreign correspondent based in the U.K. I have reported in short and long-form, from over 25 countries, on wars, refugee crises, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, uprisings, summits, election campaigns and every major British royal event in between.

Languages: English, French

About: I’m an investigative reporter with over 20 years of experience producing impactful and compelling stories that inform, educate and challenge the public and the authorities. My work covers a range of topics, from politics and corruption to social justice and human rights. I am known to dig in. After the deaths of four First Nation teen girls in care, I spent the next five years reporting on the child welfare system in Ontario, uncovering systemic issues and injustices affecting Indigenous children and families. The investigative work earned multiple awards, including the prestigious 2020 Michener Award for public service journalism with Cullen Crozier.

Languages: English

About: I am journalist and educator who worked in independent media for 15 years prior to joining the Google News Initiative, where I currently offer trainings on digital tools for journalists. I started my career as a reporter at The Tyee, freelanced for various magazines, and later helped launch The Discourse and the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia University. I’m passionate about supporting journalists and the journalism industry in Canada.

Languages: English, French

About: I’m a reporter, assignment editor and producer at Radio-Canada in Toronto. I was previously the Ontario correspondent for Le Devoir, one the three main daily papers in Quebec. I covered Ontario’s French-speaking minority, politics, health, housing and more. Prior to that, I worked for The Walrus magazine as a print and podcast fact-checker and freelanced for a few publications, such as The New York Times, The Athletic, and Maisonneuve. I’m also currently the Deputy Editor of The Sunday Long Read, a weekly newsletter curating the best longform journalism.

Languages: English, French

About: I’m a reporter for The Local, an award-winning independent magazine in Toronto that focuses on urban health and social issues. Until recently, I worked at The Globe and Mail, where I was a health reporter. Earlier in my career, I spent a few years working overseas at The Prague Post and The Cambodia Daily. I have also worked at The Vancouver Sun and Reuters.

Languages: English

About: I am a disabled freelance journalist currently living and working on treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. My career started as a staff member, then later as the EIC, of the University of Regina’s campus newspaper. I was very kindly asked to contribute to Maclean’s during that time and never stopped pitching. I transitioned from a career in the arts non-profit space to a full-time freelance journalism life in 2022. In my career, I’ve published work with CBC, Healthline, Teen Vogue, FiveThirtyEight, Buzzfeed Canada (RIP), AMI, the Globe and Mail, Verywell Mind, and a host of others. My goal in life is to have an entertaining obituary to read.

Languages: English

About: I’m a reporter based in Toronto with a decade of experience in sports media. I’m currently the Blue Jays staff writer for The Athletic, a role I’ve been in for seven years. As a beat writer, I cover the daily news around the team, while pursuing features and enterprise stories. Along with my writing, I’m regularly featured as an expert voice on the Blue Jays and baseball on local, national and international TV, radio and podcasts. Before The Athletic, I worked at CBC and The National Post.

Languages: English

About: I am a “jill of all trades” who has worked in the written press as well as on TV and radio. My reportings published in the magazines Québec Science and L’actualité (notably immersive reports, investigations and portraits) have earned me numerous awards. My investigation into sexual crimes in the Canadian Armed Forces, in particular, provoked significant reforms within the military organization. At the same time, I participated in several radio and TV shows as a columnist or host. In recent years, I was the first national anchor for Noovo Info, in addition to directing two noted documentaries (L’affaire Chantale Daigle: le documentaire et Évincés: Les aînés contre-attaquent).

(please note that Noémi is seeking to mentor someone francophone exclusively)

Languages: French

About: I am an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years experience now working as Managing Editor at CTV News Winnipeg.

Languages: English

About: I’m a Toronto-based writer, editor, and producer, and currently the Deputy Director, Global at Refinery29 Unbothered. We’re Refinery29’s sub-brand made for and by Black folks, and I oversee content across the UK, US, and Canada. I write about pop culture, race, feminism, and the intersection of all three. I am also one of the co-hosts of the popular R29 Unbothered podcast Go Off, Sis and a frequent culture commentator for various national broadcast programs. My writing has appeared in ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Lainey Gossip, Corduroy Magazine, The Toronto Star and The Kit. For six seasons, I was the celebrity and entertainment producer for The Social. Before that, I was a producer and VJ at MuchMusic.

Languages: English

About: I’m a data and graphics editor at CNN Digital in New York, with an interest in digital illustration. Before joining CNN, I worked on a visuals team at NBC, and I previously worked as a reporter in Canada with bylines in The Globe and Mail. I’ve mentored students in the graduate data journalism program at Columbia University, where I attended the Lede Program in 2019. Before that, I studied web development at Juno College in Toronto and completed the University of King’s College’s summer data school.

Languages: English

About: I am a political reporter and longtime city hall bureau chief for the Toronto Star. I am passionate about journalism, ethics, ensuring fairness in the public realm and compelling storytelling. More on me here https://www.torontomu.ca/journalism/about/grads-at-work/david-rider/

Languages: English

About: I’m a data journalist who uses data science methods to obtain, prepare, analyze and visualize data for stories in the public interest. My tools range from spreadsheets to code to AI apps. I’ve worked at Postmedia, CBC and the Investigative Journalism Foundation.

Languages: English, French

About: I’m a reporter and editor with experience living and working in both Canada and the United States. I’ve worked in many major newsrooms including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, VICE, and the CBC, and have freelanced for a wide range of outlets such as Wired and The New York Times. My coverage has ranged, but I’ve largely focused on politics and technology. I’m currently based in upstate New York where I’m a reporter and editor at FiveThirtyEight, an elections and politics website under ABC News.

Languages: English

About: With 20 years’ experience as a photojournalist and documentary photographer, a majority of my career has been spent documenting rural life on the Canadian prairies. My long-term work documenting Hutterite culture has been published and exhibited throughout the world. I’m passionate about local journalism and “finding stories in your own backyard.”

Languages: English

About: I am a multi-market anchor and producer with Global News. I anchor Global Toronto’s weekday evening and late-night television newscasts, as well as the network’s digital stream. I am also the host of Global TV’s new docu-series “Crime Beat Most Wanted.” I’ve previously worked at CTV News, CP24, and CityNews.

Languages: English

About: I am a born and raised Vancouverite and buit my career in radio and TV in BC before my big break. With the launch of Sportsnet, I was lured east to Toronto, which led to an incredible opportunity to make sports broadcast history, nationally. Almost a decade later, the ocean called me back home with a return to my radio roots. Several momentous and dream opportunities later, including motherhood and hosting the Stanley Cup postgame show “Seeking Stanley,” my career path took a turn out of sports and into full-time news and Current Affairs. In October 2011, I joined CITY-TV as host of Breakfast Television Vancouver but due to budget cuts in spring of 2016, I was pushed to become my own brand. Thus Broadcast Pirate Services Ltd was born: “Owned by no one, works for everyone.” Numerous other roles have led me in a variety of directions, such as CKNW’s go-to fill in host, a weekly column for theorca.ca called The Middle, co-hosting the Unspun Podcast, Canadian Correspondent for Al Jazeera English, a regular on SIRIUSXM, hosting “First Glance with Jody Vance” on Equity.Guru, and most recently teaming up with my longtime radio colleague Lynda Steele on CHEK’s “Steele and Vance.” A proud, and fiercely protective, mother – I also admit to being somewhat of a “crazy dog lady” in the best possible way.

Languages: English