The New York Times
Canada Bureau Chief
Catherine Porter has been the Toronto bureau chief for The New York Times since February 2017, reporting from one side of the vast country to the other. Previously, Ms. Porter was a journalist at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. She started there in 2001 as an intern, and worked her way up to general assignment reporter, city hall reporter, environment writer, feature writer and finally columnist. She proved herself as an international correspondent, covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and returning to the country more than 25 times to report on its reconstruction efforts. Her book about the experience, entitled “A Girl Named Lovely,” was published by Simon & Schuster in 2019. Ms. Porter has received two National Newspaper Awards in Canada, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns, and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for grassroots community work. She received her Bachelor’s from McGill University in English Literature and History, and her Master’s from York University in English Literature. Ms. Porter loves being a stranger in a strange land, and has lived in France, Senegal and India. But today, she resides in Toronto, 20 minutes from her childhood home, with her husband and their two children.