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Paula Todd

Investigative Journalist, Author of 'Extreme Mean'

Paula Todd is one of Canada’s foremost investigative writers, her newest book Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online is a groundbreaking study in the motives and ramifications of cyber abuse. She is a lawyer, a professor of broadcast, print and digital journalism in Toronto and a frequent speaker on digital behaviour and influence, journalism, literacy and freedom of the press.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Extreme Mean
Paula Todd, will take you into the dark world of “extreme mean” to explore the real stories behind Amanda Todd’s ‘cyberbullying’ suicide, the hidden toll on ‘Friday’ singer Rebecca Black as the ‘most hated person on the Internet,’ and the huge career and psychological costs to adults around the world whose lives have been torn apart by online hostility and aggression. We’ve heard the explanation: anonymity, anonymity, anonymity. But lots of people do wonderful things when no one’s looking. So, who instead is using digital camouflage to demean, disturb and destroy? The answers — there are more than one — will surprise you.

  • Real, raw and revealing portrait of the cyberbullying phenomenon. Paula Todd masterfully provides a powerful voice for victims, issuing a call to action....speak up and take back control to protect our online freedom.

    - Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada
  • Paula Todd peels back the layers of the Internet in a way no one has before.

    - Writer/Producer and former ABC/CBS News Correspondant

Summary Profile

Paula sits on the Board of Directors of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and chairs its Digital Issues Committee. She’s hosted/reported for Canada’s major television networks, and written for Canada’s largest newspapers and magazines for more than twenty years.

In 2012, Paula wrote the first e-book to break news in Canada, the best-selling Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down A Serial Child Killer and Discovered A Mother of Three. Her first book, A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us, also a bestseller documents the extraordinary ways ordinary people around the world triumphed over tragedy.

Todd was Yahoo’s #2 Newsmaker of the Year for 2012, and with the publication of EXTREME MEAN: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online expects to be trashed in 2014 for defending some trolls and exploring the real reasons tormentors, stalkers, predators and cyberbullies are ruining the Internet and risking everyone else’s freedom of expression and right to be online.

Todd was previously co-host with Steve Paikin for the nightly newsmagazine Studio 2 for 10 years. She was also host of the interview show ‘Person 2 Person with Paula Todd’.   She was an investigative reporter with CTV news  and hosted ‘The Verdict with Paula Todd’, a prime-time legal and justice affairs program.