Meet Gemma

headshotGemma Karstens-Smith is a reporter for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. Her work at the Star has ranged from asking “why?” in the wake of tragic deaths to following the Raptors on their latest playoff run.

Before moving to Toronto in September 2013, Gemma spent several years living, working and studying all across Canada. Her stories have appeared in a variety of publications from coast to coast, including the Vancouver Sun, the Whitehorse Star, the National Post and the Globe and Mail.

Gemma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria and a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University. Through she’s sworn off more post-secondary education for now, her insatiable curiosity keeps her learning every day.

Gemma loves characters and finding dynamic ways to tell their stories.