St. Clair Balfour Fellow

Nana aba Duncan is an award-winning broadcaster and advocate of underrepresented perspectives in journalism. She currently hosts CBC Radio’s Fresh Air, Ontario’s top-rated weekend morning show. In 2015, Nana aba founded Media Girlfriends: a podcast, scholarship and network supporting racialized and LGBTQ2+ women/non-binary people working in media. She has also served as country director with Journalists For Human Rights in Ghana. Nana aba won the Influencer Award at the 2020 International Women of Diversity Awards. She has been laughing loudly for a very long time.


CBC / Radio-Canada Fellow

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue is the host of CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup and correspondent for The National on CBC-TV, based in Toronto.McCue also teaches journalism at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and Ryerson University, and was recognized by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association with an Innovation Award for developing curriculum on Indigenous issues. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2011, where he created an online guide for journalists called Reporting in Indigenous Communities ( McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, and proud father of two children.


Gordon N. Fisher / JHR Fellow

Nancy Emefa Dzradosi is a Ghanaian journalist who specializes in field reporting, anchoring and production. Her works focus on Human rights and Environment. Nancy currently leads Joy FM and Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Clean Ghana Campaign. In 2018 and 2019, her stories on abandoned lepers and a mentally pregnant woman reignited national conversation on social exclusion. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and linguistics from the University of Ghana. She lives in Accra, Ghana


Webster McConnell Fellow

Keith Gerein is an Alberta-based journalist who has covered a wide range of stories about life and politics in Canada’s most enigmatic province over the last two decades. His current assignment is as a politics columnist for the Edmonton Journal, but he is also known for his past reporting on health care, post-secondary education and municipal affairs. In 2011, he was sent on assignment to Afghanistan as an embedded journalist with the Canadian Forces. His career highlights include a CAJ award nomination for an investigation into crumbing hospital infrastructure, in-depth stories of the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016 and coverage of two Alberta elections.

Kyaw Soe Oo

William Southam Journalism Fellow

Kyaw Soe Oo joined Reuters at the height of tensions around the Rohingya Muslim population in his native Rakhine State in Myanmar. His reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in 2017 won him and his colleagues several journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. During his reporting on the Rohingya, he and a colleague were arrested on December 12, 2017 by Myanmar police and sentenced in September 2018 to seven years in prison on Official Secrets Act charges. Kyaw Soe Oo was freed in May 2019 in a presidential amnesty after an international outcry over his incarceration.


McLaughlin Centre Fellow

Leslie Young is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has spent most of her decade-long career writing online. Her work has tackled many topics, including refugees and immigration, the environment, public infrastructure, politics, rats, weird noises and most recently, science and health as a health specialist for Global News. Her reporting has taken her to Germany, India and Jordan, where she taught data journalism workshops with Journalists for Human Rights.

Wa Lone

William Southam Journalism Fellow

Wa Lone is a reporter at Reuters News where he has covered ethnic and religious conflict in Myanmar. He was arrested in December 2017 and sentenced to seven years in jail over his reporting that exposed a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in his country by the Myanmar military and civilians. He has won numerous awards for his work on exposing these killings, including the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and the Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. Before joining Reuters, he worked at the Myanmar Times where he focused on environmental and political issues. Prior to that, he worked at The People’s Age, a news journal.

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.