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Robyn Doolittle

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City Hall Reporter

Toronto Star
5Th Floor Editorial, One Yonge St.,
Toronto , Ontario M5E 1E6

Company Description: Founded in 1892, The Toronto Star is Canada's largest daily newspaper, reaching more than 2.2 million readers weekly. The Star is a wholly-owned subsidiary of...   more

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Forest native Robyn ..., 25 Feb 2014 [cached]
Forest native Robyn Doolittle, a reporter with the Toronto Star, speaks at Sarnia's Strangway Centre about her book
Forest native Robyn Doolittle, a reporter with the Toronto Star, speaks at Sarnia's Strangway Centre about her book "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. HEATHER BROUWER/ SARNIA THIS WEEK/ QMI AGENCY
Doolittle was in Sarnia recently to speak about the experience of writing the book and to answer questions from residents - many of whom she pointed out as former teachers and family members.
She told the audience that she got her start in journalism locally - she talked her way into a regular column in The Sarnia Observer after realizing that she would need to build a portfolio to pursue journalism at Ryerson University.
Getting that gig was "one of the luckiest moments of my career," she said.
"Within the first year, it became obvious that this was more than just an usual politican," said Doolittle, explaining that he stopped showing up for work and she began hearing about frequent calls to the Ford house for domestic incidents.
One Christmas, she got a tip that his in-laws had called the police, alleging that he was drunk and was driving his children to the airport with the intention of leaving the country with them. As Doolittle got deeper into the Ford story, she also learned about his ties to drug dealers and a violent street gang.
"It took a full year to really put it all together," she said.
In May, she and another reported revealed that they had been shown the now infamous video of the mayor smoking from what appeared to be a crack pipe.
Doolittle explained that there were plenty of details to tell that hadn't had a place in any Toronto Star story - details that sometimes required more careful treatment than what could be given in a 1,000 article.
Still, she struggled with how much information to include in the book about Ford's family members - especially those who are not publically elected officials.
"Their kids are going to Google him some day, and there's nothing I can really do about that," she said, but added what the children (and the public) need to know about their mother is a more sensitive topic, since she did not place herself in the public spotlight.
2013 PAAC Annual Conference | Public Affairs Association of Canada, 4 June 2013 [cached]
Robyn Doolittle, Urban Affairs Report, Toronto Star A PAAC tradition.
Published by Penguin Canada, it's written ..., 10 Feb 2014 [cached]
Published by Penguin Canada, it's written by Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, one of three journalists who viewed a video that appeared to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.
Ford last year made international headlines for admitted to having smoked crack while in a drunken stupor and also threatening "murder" in a viral video. He still draws attention for erratic behavior, but has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election.
"Crack reporter" Robyn ..., 28 Mar 2014 [cached]
"Crack reporter" Robyn Doolittle speaks at Ryerson, Feb. 13
Robyn Doolittle sits with her legs crossed on a throne of Toronto Star newspapers. A beige dress hugs her tiny body. Red lipstick makes her lips pop against her skin. Strappy black heels accentuate her legs. Her long, dark hair is curled and falls down onto her shoulders. She wears a confident and determined expression on her face-an expression that says: Challenge me, I dare you.
The image of the Ryerson graduate, now known worldwide for being one of the three journalists to first view the Rob Ford crack video and now the author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, accompanies a 5000-word feature in Flare.
Robyn Doolittle addresses her Flare shoot at Ryerson, Feb. 13
Robyn Doolittle addresses her Flare shoot at Ryerson, Feb. 13
After the piece was published, Doolittle awoke the next morning to find 10 angry emails in her inbox, many from professional women in Toronto. One email was from a lawyer telling her that her photo "undermined feminism. The other emails echoed the same message. But Doolittle didn't stand for it. She replied to them on Twitter: "I can be a feminist and wear heels and red lips. I posed because I felt like it."
Doolittle is a woman who I deeply admire and respect. It was a privilege to be in the audience when she came to Ryerson for a question-and-answer session last Thursday. I was outraged to hear that women had criticized Doolittle for looking too sexy in her Flare photo. I think that she looks fierce and beautiful. Doolittle's shoot doesn't make her any less of a strong or talented reporter.
The photo also says that women can be smart and beautiful and fierce-and most importantly, it is a symbol of triumph for females trying to compete in male-dominated industry. It practically screams that female reporters don't need to limit themselves to smaller stories because of their sex.
I want to cut that Flare photo of her out and stick it on to the side of my mirror. I write this because that image of Doolittle represents the person who I want to be-not just as a journalist but also as a woman. That person is someone who completely fearless.
And fearless Doolittle is: When she was 16, she walked into the office of the Sarnia Observer and convinced the editor to give her a job as a teen columnist. A few years later, she threw a fit when her boyfriend was asked to leave prom after being racially profiled. Then in her final year at Ryerson, she published an editorial with the headline "Fuck you, John Miller," after Miller, a professor at Ryerson, reduced her staff at The Eyeopener.
Then as a city hall reporter for the Star, Doolittle did something even more gutsy: she took on the mayor of our city. And not just any mayor, but a mayor with a reputation as a bully, with two siblings who have a history of criminal activity.
Doolittle's most fearless moment though, came after she published the crack allegations against Rob Ford. It was when half of the city called her a liar. In that situation, a lesser woman might have given up, but not Doolittle. No, Doolittle knew what she saw was the truth and was determined to make Toronto see their mayor for who he really was. And she succeeded.
If she isn't a woman other women aspire to be like and who makes feminists proud, I don't know who is. So to all of you Doolittle haters out there: don't put her down; instead, praise her. Doolittle is a strong, sexy and fearless woman who has moved modern-day mountains for her fellow women-one fearless move at a time.
As her new book 'Crazy Town: ..., 20 June 2011 [cached]
As her new book 'Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story' hits store shelves, reporter Robyn Doolittle shares the 'jaw-dropping' moment she experienced researching her examination of Toronto's infamous mayor.
As her new book "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story" hits store shelves, reporter Robyn Doolittle shares the "jaw-dropping" moment she experienced researching her examination of Toronto's infamous mayor.
Doolittle told CTV's Canada AM Monday that she was astonished to learn of an episode from the family's history in which money that the Ford family patriarch Doug Sr. had hidden in the basement went missing during a renovation.
A retired police officer was hired, she explained, to administer lie detector tests to the Ford kids.
Photo: Twitter Author Robyn Doolittle of the Toronto Star.
"That was the moment when my jaw hit the floor," she said.
Doolittle began her career at the Star as an intern, before being hired to cover the police beat. But her heart sank when her editor said she'd be switching to city hall.
She recalled thinking, "This is going to be the most boring couple years of my life, getting to cover standing committees and tree by-laws.
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