Kathy English

public editor The Toronto Star

Kathy English has been public editor of the Toronto Star since 2007, responsible for adjudicating reader complaints and upholding transparency and accountability standards across Torstar Corp’s 80-plus Canadian daily and community news organizations.

Prior to this, she reported and edited for six Canadian newspapers and launched websites for two Canadian media companies. She also led the Canadian launch of the San Francisco-based BabyCentre.ca.

Kathy was a tenured faculty member at Ryerson School of Journalism from 1989-1999 and now teaches a course at the school. In 2018, she received Western University’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Asper Teaching Fellowship where she devised a graduate course on digital media literacy. In April 2020, she begins a three-month fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

Kathy is vice-chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and a member of the board of the international Organization of News Ombudsmen and Standard Editors.

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