Team

Board of Directors

Anna Bianca Roach

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Anna Bianca Roach is an investigative journalist who focuses on social movements and climate justice. They are passionate about participatory, community-driven journalism - they believe the journalism community should be a collaborative one. They love skill-sharing networks and they think a crowd-sourced, freelance approach to journalism education is a powerful tool to share power beyond journalism schools and prestigious unpaid internships. When they are not trying to meet deadlines, they can often be found dancing or trying to learn about plants and their ecosystems. They've counted Toronto among their homes since moving there in 2013, and they count themselves in the city's fabric even when they are away. You can learn more about them and see their work on their website. They/she.

Ashley Marshall

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Ashley Marshall, M.A. English, B.A. Hons. English/Cultural Studies and Critical Theory. Ashley Marshall's research critiques how power, economics, and politics influence social change while advocating for imagination and creativity as alternatives to neoliberal market logics. Her recent project, Home x Work, has been praised for its phenomenological originality. This project does not perceive the city as a blank campus upon which we can experiment, but rather, aims to use collaborative measures to dissect and render visible the various social and material flows that both (re)produce hegemonic power structures and dismantle them. A full-time professor of communications at Durham College, Ashley Marshall is continuing to develop projects rooted in place-based pedagogy, urbanism, public intellectualism and equity.

Kevin Taghabon

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Kevin Taghabon is a freelance journalist based in Toronto. His reporting includes on site coverage of political movements in Canada and the US over the past five years. Kevin is a strong proponent of a free press, civil liberties, and the creation of a fair industry for media workers in Canada.

Maria Sarrouh

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Maria Sarrouh is a reporter at the Toronto Star covering COVID-19, health, education, social justice and culture. In 2020, she started working at Unity Health Toronto as the second wave of the pandemic began — a job that thrust her into writing stories about cutting edge COVID-19 research and other medical news. Before that, she freelanced for BlogTo and was an intern at TVO. She speaks English, French and Arabic and has strong ties to Toronto’s Arab communities.

Nasr Ahmed

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Nasr Ahmed is a union organizer and CWA Canada Associate Membership Coordinator. As a former media worker himself, Nasr strongly believes that all media workers deserve to have representation. In the face of an unstable media landscape where workers are often left to bear the brunt of media organizations "restructuring", Nasr and CWA Canada are fighting to preserve sustainable jobs in media, because we know that quality jobs mean quality journalism. Nasr is a former producer at CBC Toronto & Technical Director with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. Nasr is also an active community organizer in Toronto."

Shannon Carranco

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Shannon Carranco is an investigative journalist in Toronto. Since 2017, Shannon has written extensively on the Far Right in Canada with the Montreal Gazette, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. She worked as an associate producer for CBC’s The Fifth Estate in 2019. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shannon’s lived across North America, from the San Francisco Bay Area to rural Quebec. She has a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Concordia University. In 2020 Shannon was nominated for a Digital Publishing Award for her work with the Globe and Mail.

Zaid Noorsumar

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Zaid Noorsumar strives to advance the public interest through his work as a journalist and a communications professional. He has contributed to CBC, Rankandfile.ca, Vice among other Canadian and Pakistani media outlets. His reporting has investigated labour issues across multiple sectors, with a recent focus on long-term care and healthcare.

Contributers

Amy Cunningham

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Amy Cunningham is a Toronto-based, plant-based comedian, writer and storyteller. Her dark and deadpan comedy has been featured at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Oddblock Comedy Festival, SheDot Festival and others. Her award-winning series, Off Kilter, was called "a refreshing surprise" by The New York Times, and is available to stream on the CBC’s digital platform as well as Seed&Spark in the US. She writes satirical pieces for several national, Canadian comedy websites and was a winner of the Independent Production Fund’s web drama grant. As a professional copywriter and editor, Amy has an outstanding record for producing insightful, well-punctuated feedback across various genres and media. Her eye for detail has been employed to write and edit a mixed bag of texts including self-help books, screenplays, PhD theses, yoga copy, grant applications, and novels. Amy writes script coverage for directors and producers in Toronto and Los Angeles. She has maintained longstanding relationships with screenwriters across Canada and the U. S., contributing her story development expertise to their projects.

Dana Masa

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Dana Masa is a journalism student at R*erson University with a strong interest in politics, fashion and food. She is originally of Palestinian descent and lives in the Greater Toronto Area. She speaks both English and Arabic (and a little bit of French).

Leah Borts-Kuperman

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Leah Borts-Kuperman is a Toronto-based journalist whose arts reporting has been featured in The Dance Current, The WholeNote and Opera Canada magazines. In 2020, Leah took silver place at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her digital work at Opera Canada. She has a Master's of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Bachelor's in Political Science and Art History from the University of Toronto. She is also The Hoser's Social Media Wiz.

Simon Orpana

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Simon Orpana is an artist and educator who uses comics to explore social, political and historical realities. His writing has appeared in collections such as Zombie Theory: A Reader and in journals such as TOPIA. With Rob Kristofferson he made Showdown! Making Modern Unions, a graphic history of the role Hamilton workers played in establishing industrial unionism in Canada. His new book, Gasoline Dreams: Waking Up from Petroculture, a graphic narrative exploring the cultural barriers to more just and equitable relationships to energy, will be available from Fordham University Press in September 2021. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.