Holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University; graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Concordia University in Montreal.
Began teaching at Carleton University in Ottawa in 1980 after a career in broadcast journalism.
Is an adjunct research professor and former associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University; has a specialty in media history, and gender and diversity in journalism.
Is the author of Beyond Bylines: Media Workers and Women’s Rights in Canada (2011), The Satellite Sex: The Media and Women's Issues in English Canada, 1966-1971 (2001) and Kit’s Kingdom: the Journalism of Kathleen Blake Coleman (1989).
Is a founding and executive member of the Media and Communication History Committee and a member of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History.