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University of Toronto Fellowship in Journalism
& Health Impact

Faculty Member

Royson James

Bureau Chief
Instructor - Columns

Royson states his positions with passion and pulls no punches when he senses injustice or foot-dragging from civic and government officials. A fearless advocate for the underdog and dispossessed, he regularly goes to bat for youth, the poor and the less fortunate.

Royson is a native of Jamaica and attended Cornwall College before immigrating to Canada in 1969. He attended Harbord Collegiate in downtown Toronto and had his journalistic training at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In 2004 he was named an honored alumnus of Andrews University.

Royson is an active member of the Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has directed the pathfinder club for kids 10 to 16. He also writes and produces an annual Easter Musical and dramatic presentations. The pathfinders, like Scouts but co-ed, plant an annual community garden and engage in community work.

In 2013 he received Canada’s premier award for African Canadians – the Harry Jerome Award for media. In 2014 he was a finalist in the National Newspaper Award for columnist of a Canadian newspaper.

Royson is married with four children.