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 a PhD (ABD) candidate and instructor 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. 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 Montréal that was then considered the toughest neighbourhood in Canada. Her second book, Punching and Kicking: Leaving Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood, was released August 2018. Her third book, A Short history of Whistleblowing, will be published in 2021.
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.
Kathy is an instructor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, and also the co-Interim Director of ALiGN, the digital media lab at Carleton that offers a platform for members of marginalized groups and communities to add their voices, to be heard, and to become visible. In addition to teaching an online writing workshop for undergraduates, Storytelling in the Digital Age, her other undergraduate courses at Carleton include Communication as Propaganda, and Media and Poverty. She’s also a frequent guest lecturer in graduate classes.