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Kathy English

Public Editor, Toronto Star

Kathy English has been public editor of the Toronto Star since 2007.

Kathy 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 1989-1999. In her Ryerson sabbatical year, she completed a Master’s degree in Canadian history, writing a thesis on 20th 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 ( and Transcontinental Media ( and also directed the launch of the San Francisco-based parenting website, BabyCenter Canada.

Kathy served on the board of the National Newspaper Awards for 5 years and is a former board member of the Association of News Ombudsmen. She is currently co-chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s programming committee. As well, she is a member of the professional advisory committee of the Sheridan College journalism program, a member of the board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation and a member of the advisory board of Informed Opinions.