Roberta Staley is an award-winning magazine editor and writer with experience reporting from the developing world and conflict and post-conflict zones. Most recently, she was in El Salvador investigating stories related to the impact of globalization on the Central American nation. (Stories to be published in Spring 2015.) She has also covered gender equality and education in Afghanistan, beauty contests in Colombia, land mines in Cambodia, Haitian voodoo possession ceremonies and HIV-AIDS in Soweto, South Africa. Currently, Staley is editor of the Canadian Chemical News, which covers innovations in the chemical sciences and engineering sectors. Staley has received numerous nominations and wins for both writing and editing at the Western Magazine Foundation Awards, the National Magazine Awards, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, Jack Webster Awards, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and B’nai Brith Canada Human Rights Awards.
Staley is also co-founder of Journeys to the Edge (J2E), which supports independent journalism in Canada and the developing world by financing the education of emerging reporters from other countries. J2E also presents multi-media narratives about Staley’s international travels. Under the auspices of J2E, Staley is travelling to Afghanistan this summer for five weeks to begin shooting the documentary Mightier Than the Sword, about Afghan female journalists and filmmakers and their impact on gender perceptions in the Central Asian nation.