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Ms. Robyn Doolittle

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Email: r***@***.ca
Toronto Star
One Yonge St. 4Th Floor
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.
"I actually was completely surprised," ..., 6 Nov 2013 [cached]
"I actually was completely surprised," said Robyn Doolittle, city hall reporter for the Toronto Star.
Reporters had expected him to resign, she said.
Ford, however, seems to have other things on his mind, Doolittle said.
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.
Chat live at 1 p.m. ET ..., 1 Nov 2013 [cached]
Chat live at 1 p.m. ET with Star journalists Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle, who have been covering the Toronto Mayor Rob Ford video scandal.
Urban affairs reporter Robyn Doolittle.
At 1 p.m., chat live with Star journalists Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle, who have been covering the Toronto Mayor Rob Ford video scandal.
"Rob Ford might be a genius ..., 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
"Rob Ford might be a genius - if not of the academic variety, certainly of the kind that matters in politics," Robyn Doolittle writes in "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story", her bestselling account of the notorious Toronto mayor's career.
And Doolittle ought to know, because her quick rise as a journalist is undeniably a result of the political freak show that has haunted Hogtown for the past year.
But despite being compelling reading, the book suffers from an inconsistency of tone and a feeling of being unfinished, and there's a reason: Doolittle researched and wrote it in a period of only three months, while also continuing to work for the Star. You get the impression that either Doolittle or her publisher, Viking Canada, wanted to rush the book into the public's hands quickly while the story was still hot. (Viking originally planned to release it this month, then changed the date to February 3.)
"When Toronto voters chose Rob Ford to be their mayor on October 25, 2010, they knew full well they were electing a flawed man," Doolittle writes.
Doolittle describes the teenage Rob Ford as shy and quiet with few close friends.
Telling points, but you can't help wishing that Doolittle had spent more time on Ford's youth, if only to get a sense of how he became what he is, or at least to search for a Rosebud of some kind.
"Canadians might not realize it, but they live in one of the more secretive countries in the developed world," Doolittle writes.
But as a whole, Crazy Town would have worked better if Doolittle had chosen one type of storytelling or the other and stuck with it.
Let's hope Doolittle can offer us a full-length biography someday, years from now, when all of the craziness is behind us. article:375572:11::0
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