I’m a multimedia journalist with a wide range of experience, ambitions and passions. But I’m a journalist first and I put journalism first. Everything else is just the cherry on top.
A small-town girl at heart (I grew up in a town with a population of 400), I’m tackling the big city in a big way. After earning a BA in English and an MA in Journalism from Western University, I cut my teeth reporting in Canada’s top and toughest newsrooms: the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the CBC. Covering everything from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to homicides to politics to the occasional cat on a plane, I’ve pretty much seen it all. And I’m only getting started…
Click on a publication or scroll down to see a selection of my work.
I first met Rob Ford as he was giving a speech at Toronto City Hall about the recent flooding that had occurred in July of 2013. Times were calmer then, but over the next six months as I covered city hall for the Globe and Mail, my daily experience became unpredictable and tumultuous. One day the mayor admitted to smoking crack cocaine. A week later he was signing almost 1,000 bobblehead dolls in his likeness to a crowd with a mix of adoring fans and the morbidly curious. I was there for the height of the crack-smoking scandal, sometimes running the city hall bureau on my own. I witnessed every press conference, every council meeting, every confession.
During that time I learned the basics of municipal politics reporting and the ins and outs of city hall, but I also got a lesson in court, crime and investigative reporting. I learned strategies for getting details when nobody is talking, be it through court documents, FOI requests or even old high school yearbooks. I learned patience in waiting for Mayor Ford to talk, which he inevitably always did. I learned how to cover high-profile, delicate and extremely divisive stories with balance and scrutiny. There will always be people for and against Mayor Ford, my job was to give readers the straight facts about the day’s latest events so they can make an informed decision about where they stand. I strived to do that with every word I wrote.
Above, you’ll find a front-page story I wrote for The Globe and Mail on November 19, 2013 (click to view PDF). Below, please find a selection of my coverage of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford:
On May 6, 2013, Tim Bosma took some prospective buyers for a test drive in his truck. He was never seen alive again. What started out as an unexplained disappearance grew more bizarre and horrifying as new details were released with each day: a burned body, a pilot dynasty, a rich party boy accused of murder, a missing Toronto woman.
I covered the story from day one and through the height of national spotlight as the CBC’s lead online reporter. My experience covering the Hamilton area and relationships with Hamilton police made me well poised to get ahead of other news organizations as we scrambled to get each new jarring detail. I worked many long days to get to the bottom of the mystery. Using tools like Storify, Livestream, and social media I collected and shared information while writing for the web and keeping listeners informed through radio interviews. Here’s a clip I did for the CBC’s Here and Now on May 13, 2013 (if you can't see the player below click here to open the file):
The experience taught me how to report quickly while still taking the time to follow good journalistic practices and verify every bit of information. When the whole country is watching and waiting for your next tweet, you can’t afford to make a mistake. It also taught me the careful balance between digging for the gritty details of a crime story and respecting the life of a man being mourned by his family and community.
Take a look at a selection of my coverage of the disappearance of Tim Bosma:
In the current job climate, a secure newspaper reporting job may as well be an oxymoron. It’s crucial for young journalists to be able to create their own opportunities and I’ve taught myself to do that through freelancing. Though I miss the hustle and bustle of a newsroom when I’m working from home, freelancing for small chunks of time throughout my career has given me the chance to explore different kinds of reporting, from health and lifestyle to business. Take a look at a few of my freelance pieces:
In the summer of 2012, I was fresh out of journalism school and fully confident that I already knew everything. One warm day in June, I stepped into the Toronto Star newsroom as one of 12 summer reporting interns and discovered how little I knew. Luckily, the Star’s bootcamp approach quickly forced me to learn the skills and techniques of a skilled reporter. I learned that news reporting can be uncomfortable, it can be scary and it’s almost always challenging.
It’s also the best job in the world. I covered crime, courts, politics and one or two lighter stories for good measure, rounding out one of the most intensive learning experiences of my career. The lessons and basic tools of solid reporting that I learned have carried me through every experience in my career thus far and I’m confident they will continue to serve me long into the future.
Please find a selection of my stories published in the Toronto Star, below:
Here is the latest version of my resume. Click to view as a PDF.
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