Fellowship in Global Journalism
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
Robert Steiner is Director of the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Fellowship is a fundamentally new type of post-graduate training in global journalism, for starting journalists with advanced knowledge of complex disciplines.
Mr. Steiner began his career as a global finance correspondent for The Wall Street Journal with postings in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, won two Overseas Press Club awards, and the Inter-American Press Association Award.
After leaving The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Steiner received his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and then worked as a business strategy executive, first at The Boston Consulting Group, and later as Group Vice President in charge of Strategic Planning for Bell Globemedia, parent of the Globe and Mail and CTV. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Steiner was Assistant Vice President of the University of Toronto, in charge of Strategic Communications.
Mr. Steiner has also held a number of senior campaign positions in Canadian politics. In 2002 and 2003, he served as health policy advisor and principal speechwriter for Hon. Paul Martin, during his candidacy for the premiership of Canada and during his subsequent tenure as Prime Minister-designate. In 2000, Mr. Steiner managed the Liberal Party of Canada’s new media campaign in the period leading to and during the federal general election, working for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
Outside of work, Mr. Steiner is engaged in independent writing projects focused on the role of religion in secular society. He lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and son.
Instructor - Performance
Danielle is a cross-platform beat reporter with Bloomberg News in Toronto. Before joining Bloomberg she worked as a television/radio anchor for CBC News, hosted her own business show on Canada's Business News Network, and spent seven years with Reuters in Chicago, Tokyo, and London. She majored in international relations at the University of Toronto, and studied journalism at Ryerson University.
Instructor - Audio-Visual Reporting
David Common is the Host of World Report, CBC Radio's flagship national morning newscast. He is also a CBC News Correspondent, currently based in Toronto, but previously stationed in New York, Paris, London, and locations throughout Canada. David has travelled extensively to more than fifty countries, covering wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and natural disasters in Haiti, Japan, the United States, and Canada. He has been awarded a Gemini for Best Reportage, and, in 2012, an RTNDA for Best Spot News for his coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
Instructor - Investigative Reporting
Robert Cribb is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. In 2012, he was the recipient of both the Massey Journalism Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy Reporting. Cribb is the current president of the CAJ’s Educational Foundation, and the only non-U.S. board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporters Research Guide (Oxford University Press), and a lecturer at Ryerson University's School of Journalism.
Sarah Elton is a journalist and bestselling author of three books who covers food and the environment. She has reported from Canada and abroad, including France, India, and China. Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and Maclean's magazine. She has worked across media, reporting for newspapers, editing, and writing for magazines and online publications, and hosting radio and television programs. She is also a CBC Radio food columnist. Sarah graduated from the University of Toronto and has a Master of Arts in Political Science. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph where she teaches food politics.
Instructor - Interviewing
Professor Andrea Litvack is Director of the MSW Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She has taught, developed, and coordinated clinical courses at the FIFSW since 1990. Recently, she adapted a course on interviewing for the Fellowship in Global Journalism program at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and taught this course in the inaugural year. Professor Litvack also has extensive practice experience with a wide range of clinical issues impacting children and families. In addition to her current role as MSW Director, Professor Litvack has held a variety of educational management positions at the FIFSW. These include: Acting Associate Dean, Academic; MSW Curriculum Director; and Associate Director, Field Education.
Colin MacKenzie worked for 43 years in Canadian journalism in a career that was the definition of old-school. Beginning as an office boy at The Citizen in Ottawa, he marched his way up the ladder: police reporter, courts, labour, and Parliament Hill. He moved to editing, and went to The Globe and Mail as a copy editor, spent some time at Maclean's and then returned to the Globe as city editor. He then went to Washington for six years, covering U.S. politics and the various conflicts that attended the final years of the Cold War. Upon his return to Toronto he became managing editor, was unhorsed and moved to the Toronto Star. Summoned back, MacKenzie became editor of The Report on Business, and then spent several years as managing editor once more. Lastly, he spent three years at the Star as foreign editor and politics editor.
Instructor - Podcasting
Dan Misener is a radio producer and technology columnist with CBC. He produces the national technology and culture program Spark, and he's heard weekly on 19 local afternoon radio shows across Canada. He also hosts the award-winning live event and podcast series Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, and teaches audio production in Ryerson's RTA School of Media.
Instructor - Clean Writing
Shelley Robertson is a writer, editor, journalism teacher, and print junkie. She worked as a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, as a story editor for CBC radio and television in Toronto, and at The Toronto Star, where she was a copy editor, assistant national editor, entertainment editor, and finally editor of the Life, Food, Fashion, and Home sections. She later was a partner in the desktop publishing firm Inprint Editorial Services, and taught reporting, copy editing, and newsroom management at Ryerson University's School of Journalism.
Brett Popplewell’s reporting has taken him from the rubble of an earthquake in Haiti, to the site of a plane crash in Russia, a chess tournament in Iceland, and to the base of Mount Everest. He has written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Sportsnet, Maclean’s, The Walrus, and more. His work has also appeared in The Best American Sports Writing, and has been made into documentaries and produced for broadcast. His first book, the memoir of a mountain climber, was published by HarperCollins in 2016. A winner of numerous National Magazine Awards, he specializes in longform narrative journalism. Brett studied the history of international relations at the London School of Economics, and is also a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York. He teaches journalism at Ryerson and Carleton Universities.
Bernard Simon has worked as a reporter and editor in Canada and South Africa. He was the Financial Times’ Canada correspondent for 17 years, also covering the North American auto industry. He was joint managing editor of Canada’s Financial Post from 1987 to 1990, and deputy editor of Business Day in Johannesburg from 1997 to 2001. He has also been a regular correspondent for The New York Times, The Economist, and US News & World Report, among others. Bernard now works as a freelance writer, media consultant, and plain-language instructor in Toronto.
Instructor - Data Reporting
David Weisz is a Toronto-based journalist specializing in computer-assisted reporting. He has been teaching data journalism for the past three years, most notably helping co-teach the University of King's College Summer School in Data Journalism, Canada's first intensive data journalism boot camp. David currently works at the Toronto Star as a digital producer at thestar.com. Prior to the Star, David worked as a political reporter for QP Briefing, a subscription-only publication based out of Queen's Park, and as a web producer at Shaw Media's Global News.
Instructor - Data Visualization
William is a web developer for CBC News, where he codes interactive graphics and tools for both journalists and readers. Prior to that, he worked as the team lead at Canada.com where he focused on data journalism and interactive news presentations. He was also the first social media manager at Sun Media as the smartphone revolution took hold of news production.
The Rory Peck Trust, based in London (UK), is the only organization dedicated to the support, safety and welfare of freelance news-gatherers around the world. The Rory Peck Trust partners with the Fellowship to teach Freelance Tradecraft through its network of award-winning freelance journalists around the world, including Callum Macrae, Elizabeth Jones, Deborah Bonello, Tom Finn, Maziar Bahari, Elisabet Cantenys, Jenny Kleeman, Phil Cox, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Ruhi Hamid, and Mayte Carrasco.
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
Professor Stephen J. Toope took over as Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs on January 1, 2015.
Before joining the Munk School, Professor Toope was President of the University of British Columbia from 2006 to 2014. He represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002-2007. He continues to conduct research on many aspects of international law, and is currently working on issues of continuity and change in international law, and the origins of international obligation in international society. His most recent book, with Jutta Brunnée, is Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account, which won the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship.
Prior to joining UBC, Toope was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a position he held since 2002. The Foundation is an independent, private, and non-partisan organization created to promote outstanding research and interaction between researchers in the social sciences and humanities and the wider society. From 1994-1999, he served as the dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Previously, he served as Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1986-1987.
A Canadian citizen, Professor Toope earned his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge (1987), his degrees in common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL) with honours from McGill University (1983), and graduated magna cum laude with his AB in History and Literature from Harvard University (1979).