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University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
I worked as a producer at CBC National Radio Current Affairs for over a decade. There I created indepth programming on issues ranging from child welfare, homelessness, poverty, reproductive rights, various Supreme Court decisions, and health care policy, delivery and practice. I also regularly covered cultural issues. Previous to CBC, I worked as a TV documentary writer and producer for Breakthrough Films. My documentary work was broadcast around the world. I stumbled into journalism through work in community radio. Previous to this I was a writer/producer in alternative theatre.
Throughout my career, I have been a freelance writer publishing in the New York Times, The Nation, the Newstatesman, the Globe and Mail and several Canadian magazines.
Prior to coming to Western in 2006, I taught at McMaster medical school.
For my Master of Journalism Studies (MJ) at Carleton University, my thesis focused on ethics, specifically on subject consent. It was heavily influenced by my work at McMaster and the issue of consent in health care practice.
Teaching: Radio journalism, current affairs programming and documentary production. I also teach health and medical journalism.
Research: My research focuses primarily on journalism ethics, health care ethics, patient preferences and values, and communication and disability.