Debra Black has been a reporter at the Toronto Star since September, 1988.
A graduate of Carleton's School of Journalism, Black has covered everything from breaking news to education to health issues at the newspaper as a general assignment reporter, education reporter and feature writer for the paper's Life section.
Over her career at The Star she has worked on a number of projects, including reports on domestic violence, depression and the abuse of hormone replacement therapy as well as a number of front page stories on a disturbing trend in deaths in a GTA hospital from c-difficile and a moving feature on palliative care at a local Toronto hospital.
Last summer, she covered the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Gathering, a meeting of African and Canadian grandmothers touched by HIV/AIDS here in Toronto, and also covered the International AIDS Conference.
She is hoping to do some work in this area when she is in Rwanda, where she work as a reporting and writing coach at the New Times newspaper.