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Ryan Thorpe likes the pace of daily news, the feeling of a broadsheet in his hands and the stress of never-ending deadlines hanging over his head. He believes journalism isn’t a career, but a calling; that rather than being something you do, a journalist is something you are.
He graduated top of his class from Niagara College’s journalism program in 2017. As a student reporter, he picked up an Ontario Community Newspaper Awards nomination for a story on food bank use in southern Ontario. He also served as editor on an investigative project into the state of student mental health on post-secondary campuses, which won a 2017 Emerge Media Award.
Ryan is a former intern at The Hamilton Spectator, where he co-authored a six-week investigative report on drug use in the city’s high schools. Afterwards he landed a summer internship at the Free Press in June 2017. Since then, he’s managed to find a way to stick around the newspaper.