Emily Mathieu is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and researcher with a background in investigative journalism and focus on social justice reporting, most recently as the Toronto Star’s housing reporter. During her time on the Star’s investigative team, Emily reported on Toronto’s lax taxi licensing laws, gaps in Ontario’s rental housing policies, mortgage fraud, and the lack of sexual violence policies across Canada’s colleges and universities.
Her work has appeared in The Philanthropist, Chatelaine, and the Financial Post, among others. Her research work has fact-checking for a number of CBC podcasts, including the investigative series Evil by Design, about the rise and fall of disgraced fashion mogul Peter Nygard.
Emily has been recognized by the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association (2020), for her reporting on the history of the Rupert Hotel fire, and the Ontario Psychological Association (Media Award, 2017), for her ongoing coverage of people experiencing homelessness. Emily is a former St. Clair Balfour Fellow at the University of Toronto and a recipient of the 2015 Canadian Hillman Prize, for her contributions to a team project on sexual violence.