Area of ExpertiseI specialize in evidence-based research on healthy aging, cancer care, mental health and emerging therapies.
I have lived in Vancouver for 20 years, but my family roots are in Nova Scotia, dating back to 1748. From the age of 5, I studied the cello for 17 years in Ottawa, Cleveland and Montreal until injuries put an end to that calling. My journalism career began with an internship at the Montreal Gazette. I freelanced for magazines and then worked as a magazine editor before joining the Globe as assigning editor of an arts and entertainment supplement called Vancouver 7. Then I discovered my niche: health reporting. Combing through medical research requires rigour and attention to detail – qualities I associate with my classical music training. I drill down to find the highest quality evidence I can, because I know how confusing and contradictory health news can be.
Why did you become a journalist?
At age 22, working reception at CHOM-FM Radio, "Montreal's Home of Rock and Roll," I found myself coveting the newscaster's job.
Years in Journalism25
Years at The Globe and Mail14
Concordia University, Graduate Diploma in Journalism, 1994
McGill University, Bachelor of Music (Cello), 1992
French, conversational Portuguese