I was born in the U.K., near Windsor, but came to Canada at 18 years old with my parents and I’ve lived in the Toronto area for most of the last 40 years.
I’ve been a journalist since learning the craft at Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. I went to work in 1989 at the Ottawa Citizen as a general assignment reporter and feature writer in the newsroom, but left after five years to become an aid worker in Africa. CARE Canada needed a media relations officer to be on the ground in Rwanda and Zaire after the genocide there, and I spent 18 months travelling around the various hotspots of Central Africa before hankering to be a proper journalist again. I spent a couple of years in London as a TV producer for Worldwide Television News, then came back to Canada in 1998 to work as an editor at the Toronto Star.