Jeffrey Dvorkin (@jdvorkin) is a Lecturer and Director of the Journalism Program at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. He is a Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, and is on the board and co-chair of the Program Committee, at the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
From 2009 - 2013, he was Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO), a group of international journalists committed to public accountability and self-regulatory journalism around the world. Dvorkin was also the Ombudsman for America Abroad Media, from 2013-2015, a Washington DC-based public broadcaster specializing in news and features on the Middle East and South Asia.
In June 2010, Dvorkin was in Guinea and Niger for the US Department of State doing pre-election training for journalists in West Africa. He was the Rogers Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Ryerson University from 2008-2010.
Dvorkin's career began with CBS News in London in 1972. He moved to Montreal in 1974 where he worked at CBC TV as a producer and reporter in local news. After a stint as a producer in the CBC's Ottawa bureau, Dvorkin became a TV news editor for CBC in Toronto, eventually becoming Managing Editor and Chief Journalist for CBC Radio.
In 1997, Dvorkin became the Vice President of News and Information at NPR in Washington, DC and subsequently became NPR's first news ombudsman. He served in that role until 2006 when he left to teach journalism at Georgetown University and hold the Goldensohn Chair in Community Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Dvorkin also has co-authored four position papers on objectivity and balance in public broadcasting for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington. He has been published in the University of Richmond (VA) law review and Ethique Publique, a scholarly periodical on issues of media ethics. Dvorkin has been a consultant on issues of media accountability in Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey, Portugal, Armenia, Moldova and Chile.
He lives in Toronto with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Barrett, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Their son Eli is a the managing editor at the Center for an Urban Future in New York City.