Stephen Trumper has been a part-time instructor at Ryerson since 1995, teaching Magazine Masthead for four years, Magazine Editing for 17, Advanced Feature Writing for three, Editing Essentials for two, plus Feature Reporting Workshop and Intro to Feature Writing for one each. For the Ryerson Review of Journalism, he has edited dozens of articles (many of which were nominated for National Magazine Awards) and has helped student editors craft heads and decks for hundreds more.
Most of Stephen’s early working life was spent at Toronto Life, where he was the managing editor for nine award-winning years. In addition, he has been on staff at the Globe and Mail (as a copy editor), and Harrowsmith Country Life magazine (as senior associate editor). He is a former vice-president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and a former board member of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, Holland Bloorview Children’s Hospital and the Ontario Science Centre.
Stephen is on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine, for which he writes the back-page column.
In June 2012, Stephen was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. In June 2013, he was honoured with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Stephen has freelanced for, among others, Saturday Night, Chatelaine, Elm Street and Shift. In 1997, Stephen received a Canada Council grant for research into a proposed book on people with disabilities.
Stephen also had a five-year stint as an executive editor at what is now Financial Post Business magazine, and several pieces he edited there were nominated for National Magazine Awards.
A wheelchair user who has been on the advisory board of CBC-TV’s Disability Network, Stephen was also associated for about 15 years with Accessible Media Inc.-AMI, a not-for-profit multimedia organization operating two broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio, and a companion website (ami.ca). AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility or learning disabled, print-restricted or learning English as a second language by making print, broadcast and online media accessible. Its mission is simple: to make accessible media for all Canadians.
BA (History/English) Trent University
B.A.A. (Journalism) Ryerson
Canadian Association of Journalists; PEN Canada; Journalists for Human Rights