Kelly Toughill

Director, Associate professor
BA (San Francisco State University); MBA (Queen's)

Faculty Member, School of Journalism

Phone: 902.422.1271 ext. 185

Twitter: @ktoughill

Kelly Toughill is associate professor and director of the School of Journalism. She teaches the Foundations of Journalism program to first-year undergraduates, as well as emerging business models and exemplars of contemporary journalism in the master of journalism program. She has previously taught courses on journalism research, magazine workshops, and the honours project.

Kelly came to King’s after a long and distinguished newspaper career in Canada and the United States. She is the recipient of two National Newspaper Award nominations. She was deputy executive editor of The Toronto Star prior to joining King’s in 2006. She is a past director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and a current director of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation. She has taught in Russia and Rwanda. She is a frequent judge of national journalism awards, including the Canadian Association of Journalism Awards and the National Magazine Awards.


Kelly has published more than 3,000 newspaper and magazine articles in her career. Her journalism has been cited as a primary source in more than four dozen scholarly articles and books. She has also contributed chapters to the following books:

  • The New Journalist: Roles, Skills, and Critical Thinking. Edited by Paul Benedetti, Timothy Currie, and Kim Kierans. Toronto: Edmond Montgomery Publications, 2010.
  • The Canadian Reporter: News Writing and Reporting, 3rd edition. Edited by Catherine McKercher, Allan Thompson, and Carman Cumming. Toronto: Nelson College:, 2010.
  • Nova Scotia: Visions of the Future. Edited by Lesley Choyce. Lawrencetown, N.S.: Pottersfield Press: Lawrencetown, 2009.
  • Page 1: The Best of the National Newspaper Awards. Edited by Nicholas Russell and Kathy English. Toronto: Canadian Newspaper Association, 1999.

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Kelly is interested in the evolution of the journalism industry and how new business models shape editorial content. She also specializes in numeracy for journalists, and regularly offers professional development workshops on the topic across Canada.