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Featured Alumni

Featured Alum David Ben standing in front of bookshelves
Featured Alumni

David Ben

“I believe that to be an artist, you need great technique, a great understanding of the past and a vision for the future,” says conjuror and former lawyer David Ben. 

Adrienne Clarkson

Trinity College | Faculty of Arts & Science | School of Graduate Studies

Adrienne Clarkson has written about immigrants who struggled and thrived. An immigrant herself, she’s helped transform Canada.

Betty Xie

Woodsworth College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Betty Xie is perfectly comfortable being interviewed in a downtown café. After all, she made her first movie in one.

Carole Taylor

Victoria College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Co-hosting a show for teenagers in 1964, Carole Taylor probably didn’t think she would have a career interviewing prime ministers.

David C. Onley

University of Toronto Scarborough | Faculty of Arts & Science

In 1984, David Onley commenced a 22-year career with CityTV as Canada’s first on-air reporter with a visible disability.

Lyse Doucet

Faculty of Arts & Science | School of Graduate Studies

Award-winning correspondent and BBC News presenter Lyse Doucet says the best journalism involves “walking in the margin of history.”

Pacinthe Mattar

University of Toronto Mississauga | Faculty of Arts & Science

After spending years in far-flung locales such as Saudi Arabia, radio journalist Pacinthe Mattar is exploring Canadian concerns.

Ryan Pyle

New College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Ryan Pyle decided to venture to the land he learned so much about in his Chinese history and politics classes.The trip transformed him.

Shelley Saywell

Woodsworth College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Shelley Saywell went to university to study theatre arts, but soon realized her political and artistic interests were in competition.

William Lyon Mackenzie King

University College | Faculty of Arts & Science | School of Graduate Studies | Faculty of Law

From 1893 until 1895, future prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King wrote for The Varsity while studying at U of T.
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