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Kathryn Gretsinger is an associate professor of teaching at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media. She is a long time public broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with a record of creating award-winning work at the local and national level in Canada. Kathryn is also a Killam Teaching Prize winner and she was named as one of North America’s top innovative journalism educators in 2018.
Kathryn leads the School’s Integrated Journalism course, where students learn about professional practice, journalism skills and digital technologies. She also coordinates the School’s internship program and supports students transitioning into professional practice. She has helped to place students in professional practicums across the country and around the world.
She is a key member of the Global Reporting Centre, where she works as an instructor and producer for the annual Global Reporting Program projects and helps to shape conversations about local and global journalism. She is also an instructor for UBC’s unique Reporting in Indigenous Communities course.
Kathryn’s scholarship focuses on interdisciplinary learning, including an advisory role with the Lind Initiative, a position as a faculty member in residence at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab, and providing instruction in faculties across the university from the School of Population and Public Health (Drugs and Society) to Science (Communicating Science) to work with scholars from the Peter Wall Institute. She also works with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, including the Summer Institute for Future Politicians.
Kathryn is a respected mentor and trainer at CBC, where she continues to work consultant in the public broadcasters’ Learning and Development department. She works across platforms, but her first love is audio. She leads training workshops for reporters, producers, editors and hosts on performance and audio skills including podcasting and compelling storytelling.
There is a strong social justice undercurrent to Kathryn’s work. Her commitment to teaching, reporting and fostering dialogue about issues of social justice, Indigenous relations and mental health appear in the courses she teaches and key collaborations, including the National Student Investigative Reporting Network and her work with UBC’s mental health and wellness community of practice. Kathryn is also the owner of the School’s beloved journalism companion dog Scout, who you can follow on Instagram and occasionally on Twitter.