In the fall, my girlfriend and I moved to the Sault from Miami. Many of you have read my stories about city hall, healthcare, and social issues. But, know little about my background and what motivates my reporting.
I grew up outside of Barrie (ON) where I attended high school. My father was a construction project manager and my mother took care of my sister and I. My sister works for a fracking company.
After high school, I went to Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario to study history and sociology. While at Western, I participated on the Debate team. Travelling around each weekend to different universities to compete in tournaments.
After working in the ski industry for a few years, I went back to study psychology at Laurentian University with the intent of becoming a university professor. While there, a professor suggested I look at the post-graduate Research Analyst program through Georgian College to become either a health or marketing researcher.
The Research Analyst program led to many opportunities including working on one of the first opioid studies for the Ontario government (which no one in government paid any attention to). We showed how bad the opioid epidemic would become and no one in government cared. That was the beginning of my drive to give a voice to people that governments ignore.
Following the opioid study, I landed a position at Kantar TNS as a Project Director. While at TNS, I participated in the first global study of how people used their mobile phones. At that time, Blackberries were the dominant mobile phone. Oh, how things have changed!
After a career in market research, I felt like a change. So, I decided to start doing sporting events which led me to move to Miami due to 90% of the business was in the USA. After a few years of doing sports events, I was voted “Sports Event Planner of the Year to Watch” by Sports Events magazine.
After coming home to visit my parents for what I thought would be a short vacation. They informed me that my father had a growth in his brain and surgery was the only option. I stopped doing sports events and moved home from Miami to help with my father.
During my father’s treatment and recovery, I finally had the time to read the newspaper. After reading about injustices and government incompetence on a daily basis, I decided to become an investigative journalist. I looked across the globe to find the best investigative journalism schools. My search led me to the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) at Goldsmiths, University of London.
At the CIJ, I studied Data Investigative Journalism. Also, I did courses with Bureau Local on local investigative journalism. Bureau Local is part of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Those skills I am now using in the Sault.
I have always had an interest in politics and following the news. My investigative journalism includes commentary, in-depth analysis, reporting, essays, radio and television interviews. I write about politics, social policy, economics, and international affairs. Previously, I covered Syria, Israel-Palestine, UK Politics, American Politics, and Canadian Politics. Published over 150 stories in over 20 publications and appeared on radio in 38 countries.
My purpose in journalism is to be an advocate for the forgotten people that governments, organizations, and companies ignore.
With Sault Online and ONNtv, I am an Investigative Journalist, News Anchor, and TV Show Host. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and what motivates my reporting.
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