Kathy English has been public editor of the Toronto Star since 2007. She began her journalism career at the Brantford Expositor in 1976. She has since reported and edited for six Canadian daily newspapers, including the Star and the Globe and Mail. She was a faculty member with Ryerson School of Journalism from 1989 to 1999. In her Ryerson sabbatical year, she completed a Master’s degree in Canadian history, writing a thesis on twentieth-century newspaper ownership trends and the demise of family ownership of Canadian newspapers.
After departing from Ryerson’s journalism faculty, Kathy launched websites for two Canadian media companies, SunMedia (Lifewise.ca ) and Transcontinental Media (Mochasofa.ca ), and also directed the launch of the San Francisco-based parenting website BabyCenter Canada.
Kathy is currently chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s programming committee, which produces “J-Talks” on issues related to journalism and democracy. She is a member of the Ryerson School of Journalism professional advisory board and serves on the professional advisory board of the Sheridan College journalism program. She is on the board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation and is a member of the advisory board of Informed Opinions. She is a former board member of the Association of News Ombudsmen and of the Canadian National Newspaper Awards.