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Nicholas Keung Nicholas Keung is an award-winning journalist and worked at Sing Tao Daily, Canada's largest Chinese-language daily before joining the Star as a general assignment report and later as the paper's immigration reporter. He writes about immigration, refugee, border enforcement and diversity issues. In that time he has covered news and events all over the world including war zones and the Olympics.
In addition to photojournalism, Mr. Lautens writes regularly at the Star, trains other journalists, blogs, is an occasional assignment editor, shoots video and assembles multi-media stories for the web. Article Continued Below Mr. Lautens has a long pedigree of journalism in his family. Grandfather Joe was with the Canadian Press for 50 years. Uncle Trevor worked as a writer for various newspapers for over 50 years as well. Brother Stephen wrote a weekly column in the Sun chain for 15 years.
Of course the best known journalist in his family is his award winning father Gary Lautens who was a journalist, writer and broadcaster for more than 50 years. He was also an author of note with 6 books published, winning 2 Leacock Awards for Humour in the process. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Richard Lautens was a summer student at the Toronto Star and has stayed with them ever since.
As a staff photographer, he has covered events all over the world including Olympics, World Series, a variety of playoffs for football, basketball, soccer among other sports. In addition to his sports assignments, he has photographed fashion all around the world, civil strife in Haiti, unexplored jungle in Guyana, substance abuse in the far north, the Royal Family in England and celebrities all over.
He has also worked for a number of commercial freelance clients. In addition, his work has appeared in a number of publications and on CD jackets, posters, books and magazines. Lautens lectures regularly to a variety of clubs, schools, business groups and teaches photojournalism at 3 difference university and colleges in Toronto. In addition, he has judged photo contests and has curated several photography exhibits.
He has won local, national and international awards for his photography and he currently lives in downtown Toronto with his wife and two children.
Howell contributes to thestar. Prior to movies, he was the Star's pop music critic. He has been a member of the Star's Entertainment department since Howell is also the author of the self-published pulp novel, Hot Pine, a tale of mystery and lust set in the dark forests of Algonquin Park. She writes about poverty, inequality and social programs including welfare, child care, Children's Aid and disability rights.
Other interests include affordable housing and the plight of low-wage, non-standard workers. A Star reporter for more than 30 years, Laurie's work has received numerous National Newspaper Award nominations and has garnered three citations of merit for the prestigious Michener Award for public service journalism. Noor Javed Noor Javed is an award winning reporter, who covers everything from suburban city politics, to human-interest stories, to features about the GTA's diverse communities.
Since then, Noor has focused her attention on covering municipal politics in the booming Region, and has extensively covered school boards, city hall, and decisions that directly impact taxpayers. When she's not chasing stories, Noor can be found on Twitter njaved or trying to keep up with her two young children.
Theresa Boyle Theresa writes about health care in Ontario. Areas of interest include system reform, transparency, appropriateness of care, equity, quality improvement, patient safety and cost containment. Her coverage of the health beat has earned her some of Canada's top journalism honours. She is a winner of the National Newspaper Award, plus a two-time runner up.
She is also a winner of the Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism. She also has two undergraduate degrees — one in economics and politics and another in journalism. After spending the first two seasons covering the Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies for the Canadian Press, he has spent the last 23 years covering Raptors every year since their inception and handling NBA duties at the Toronto Star, building on newspaper work to add extensive Internet coverage to the package.
A married father of a year-old son, Smith has also covered nine Olympics, the two World Series wins for the Toronto Blue Jays as well as three world basketball championships, major league baseball and the CFL.
On the crime and police beat, Wendy has been part of a team nominated for the Governor General's Michener Award for coverage of Ontario police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, and part of a group nominated for a Canadian Hillman prize for the Star's work on carding. She was the recipient of a Canadian Mental Health Association's media award for her work on the police-shooting death of Andrew Loku. She is also a French speaker and when she is not on the crime beat, she has been sent to cover breaking news in French speaking regions and countries, including the terrorist attack in Brussels and the mosque shooting in Quebec City.
David Bruser David Bruser is the acting deputy editor of the Star's investigations team. Since joining the team in , he has reported on police who lie in court, bad charities, lead in toys, the pharmaceutical industry, murdered and missing indigenous women and the mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Kathy English Kathy English has been public editor of the Star since Previous to this, she reported and edited for six Canadian daily newspapers including the Star, the Globe and Mail and the London Free Press.
Kathy was a tenured faculty member with Ryerson School of Journalism from After departing from Ryerson, she launched websites for two Canadian media companies: Kathy is an executive board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. As well, she is a member of the professional advisory boards of Ryerson School of Journalism and the Sheridan College journalism program. She serves on the board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation and on the advisory board of Informed Opinions.
She has worked in the media for more than 25 years — including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland and feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests. Jayme Poisson Jayme Poisson is an investigative reporter.
She has been nominated for three national newspaper awards. She was part of a team that won the Governor General's Michener award for investigating former mayor Rob Ford and also part of team that won the Sydney Hillman award for public service journalism for reporting on sexual assault.
She was the recipient of the Canadian Journalism Foundation's Greg Clark Award, which allowed her to study access-to-information laws in Canada. He is the author of 13 non-fiction books, seven of which are on organized crime, and most of which were national bestsellers. Several of his books have also been published in Europe, including Unrepentant: Edwards co-wrote The Encyclopedia of Canadian Organized Crime with Michel Auger and an updated edition remains in print, 12 years after its original publication.
Edwards has lectured on journalism and organized crime for community groups, police intelligence officers and university students. Edwards has a biography of outlaw biker Bernie Guindon and a young adult novel slated for publication in Tanya Talaga Tanya Talaga is a journalist at the Star focusing on Indigenous issues and investigative reporting.
She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award for public service journalism and she has been parts of two teams that have won Project of the Year, National Newspaper Awards.
She is also the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, a non-fiction book released in on the deaths of seven Indigenous students in Thunder Bay. She is the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. A foreign correspondent for 11 years, he was chief of the Middle East and Asia bureaus, then Foreign Editor, and a world affairs columnist. He has reported from more than 40 countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen, and been nominated five times for the National Newspaper Award.
He previously covered national politics from Ottawa. He was for six years editor-in-chief of the the Globe's Report on Business Magazine.
Olive is author of 11 books, including No Guts, No Glory: He is responsible for coordinating the provincial political coverage for Canada's largest circulation newspaper.
He began his career at the Ottawa Sun, where he was nominated for a National Newspaper Award and covered stories as disparate as famine relief efforts in Somalia and the 50th anniversary of D-day in Normandy.
In , he interviewed James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, in a Nashville prison. Benzie has covered five federal elections, five provincial elections, two municipal elections, and 12 provincial and federal leadership contests. Most recently, he covered U. President Barack Obama's final days on the campaign trail and reported from Chicago on Election Night.
In , he was part of the Star's Michener Award-nominated team that investigated police secrecy. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. Doug Cudmore Doug Cudmore is a senior editor at the Star, specializing in business, economics, crime and courts coverage. Prior to that, he served as the Star's business editor, deputy city editor, and entertainment editor.
Shree Paradkar Shree Paradkar writes about discrimination and identity issues for the Toronto Star, focussing on intersections of race, ethnicity and gender. Her writing aims to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on how unequally we treat those who live in our societies, even as we we claim lofty egalitarianism. Shree is a seasoned international journalist who has worked in leading newsrooms in Bangalore, Mumbai, Singapore and Toronto.
He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into offshore tax evasion, child exploitation, human trafficking, dangerous doctors and public-health threats. His investigative work has been nominated for the prestigious Michener Awards for Meritorious Public Service Journalism six times. Joseph Hall Joseph Hall is a feature writer at the Star, specializing in medical and science stories. In his three decades with the paper he has also covered sports and transportation beats.
Brendan Kennedy Brendan Kennedy is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star, where he has worked since Before joining the investigations team in , he spent five seasons covering the Toronto Blue Jays, including their back-to-back playoff runs in and Born and raised in Toronto, Brendan is a graduate of Queen's University. He joined the Star in and has held a variety of positions in the newsroom, including transportation beat reporter, assistant city editor and editorial writer.
He joined the Ottawa bureau in In this role, Brian oversees all aspects of human resources, labour relations, health and safety, environment, learning and development, staffing, compensation, benefits, employee communications and executive development. He assumed his current role in Brian was a key member of the executive steering group for the merger of Texaco and Imperial Oil, one of the largest corporate mergers in Canadian history, and led many of the HR integration projects.