St. Clair Balfour Fellow

AMY DEMPSEY writes features for the Toronto Star. Her in-depth stories about people with mental illness who are found not criminally responsible for crimes have earned her two National Newspaper Award nominations and one win. In 2010, she went undercover as a protester during the G20 summit and co-wrote a story that as part of a team project won an NNA for breaking news. Born in Cape Breton, N.S., she earned a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University and spent a summer working in Kigali through the school’s Rwanda Initiative. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.


CBC / Radio-Canada Fellow

RICHARD GODDARD was born in Melville, Saskatchewan, raised in Strathroy, Ontario, indoctrinated at Queen’s University (Commerce ‘91). He then brand-managed at Unilever, travelled Asia and temporarily became a Bollywood film extra. He made a gopher documentary in Calgary and beer advertising in Vancouver before realizing his true passion — public broadcasting. He started making radio in his living room and the CBC started paying him for it. In 2002, he returned to Toronto to become a journalist. Basic training included journalism at Ryerson and Anna Maria Tremonti’s office. He co-created Q, then q. He returned to The Current as a Senior Producer in 2015.


Gordon N. Fisher / JHR Fellow

LAGU JOSEPH KENYI is a journalist from South Sudan and is currently the managing editor of the Juba Monitor (formally known as the Khartoum Monitor). Before joining the Juba Monitor, Joseph worked for several independent news outlets, including the Citizen, the Daily Mentor, the Hero Newspaper and 94.4 City FM Radio. His reporting on human rights and humanitarian issues earned him a Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship with the United Nations in New York in 2015. Joseph has freelanced for many international media outlets, including Voice of America, CBS, allAfrica, Reuters and the African Defense Review.


Webster McConnell Fellow

RICHARD WARNICA is a feature writer at the National Post and a former writer and editor for Canadian Business, Maclean’s, the Edmonton Journal and the Since joining the Post in 2014, he has covered the fall of Rob Ford, the rise of Donald Trump and the explosion of right-wing populism in the West. He’s a two-time National Newspaper Award finalist and a gold and silver medalist at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. His writing on the Balkans has been translated into Albanian and Serbo-Croatian and published across Europe. He lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and step-cat.


McLaughlin Centre Fellow

CHRIS WINDEYER has been a journalist in the North since 2006. He was a staff reporter at Nunavut News/North and Nunatsiaq News in Iqaluit for almost six years. In 2011, he became associate editor, and later managing editor, of Up Here Business magazine in Yellowknife. From 2014 to 2016, he lived in Dawson City, where he was a stringer for CBC North and as a freelancer writing mostly about politics, infrastructure and resource development. He worked as an election researcher for CBC North for the 2015 Northwest Territories election and contributed a chapter on the Berger Inquiry to It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In July of 2016, he became the editor of the Yukon News based in Whitehorse. Born in Halifax, he has a degree in political science from St. Mary’s University. He does not have an opinion on which territory is the best.

In association with Journalists for Human Rights and the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Massey College and the University of Toronto are grateful for the generosity of the Alva Foundation, the estate of the late St. Clair Balfour, Lisa Balfour Bowen and Walter Bowen, Clair Balfour and Marci McDonald, Wilson J.H. Southam, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, CBC/Radio-Canada, Scotiabank, the McLaughlin Centre and for the generosity of past Journalism Fellows.