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: Transcontinental and SunMedia. She also led the 2006 Canadian launch of BabyCentre.ca, for the San Francisco-based BabyCenter, the world's number one digital parenting resource.

Kathy was a tenured faculty member at Ryerson School of Journalism from 1989-1999 and currently teaches a Ryerson course on critical issues in journalism. 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.

Kathy holds a Master’s degree in Canadian history from Western University. She is currently an executive board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, serving as chair of the programming committee that produces the foundation’s popular speakers’ series - CJF J-Talks. She is also chair of the board of Informed Opinions, a Canadian organization established to amplify women’s voices in media for a more democratic Canada.

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