I am a multimedia journalist who specializes in chronic health issues and vulnerable populations. I'm currently working on story about a woman in her mid-fifties who is dealing with an aggressive form of Alzheimer's Disease.
In the fall of 2014, I launched a series on Chronic Vertigo on CBC.ca. And I few years ago, I worked with my students on a special multimedia series for CBC.ca on the state of palliative care in Canada. Before discovering multimedia, I worked as a producer at CBC National Radio Current Affairs for over a decade. There I created in depth 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 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.
Teaching: Media and mental health, multimedia journalism, audio production, and health journalism and communication.
Research: My research focuses primarily on narratives of chronic illness, journalism ethics, and the erasing boundaries between journalism and advertising content.