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An award winning journalist and author, Kathy Dobson has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, two certificates in social work, and a M.A. in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. A Vanier Scholar, she is currently pursuing a PhD at Carleton University in the School of Journalism and Communication.

As a journalist, Kathy’s work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, and more. While working for the CBC, in addition to news stories, she also produced documentaries for CBC Radio, including one with hockey legend Bobby Orr. Click here to read and listen to some of her work.

Kathy’s first book, With a Closed Fist: Growing up in Canada’s toughest neighbourhood, was released November 1st, 2011 and nominated for a Governor General’s Award. A “gutsy, no-holds-barred, coming-of-age story,” With a Closed Fist chronicles Kathy and her sisters growing up in the 1960s and 70s in Point St. Charles, a slum of MontrĂ©al that was then considered the toughest neighbourhood in Canada. Click here for more about With a Closed Fist.

Her current research is examining the construction, circulation, and reinforcement of particular cultural narratives concerning poverty issues and those living in poverty. Public understandings of issues can affect actions and policies surrounding those issues. With her research, Kathy hopes to examine the ways different narratives are created and circulated about poverty issues, and how these narratives impact self-conceptions of those living in poverty and among the public in general.