Deborah Gyapong covers religion and politics primarily for Catholic and Evangelical newspapers in Canada. American by birth, she came to Canada as part of the back-to-the-land movement in the 1970s and homesteaded in Bear River, Nova Scotia until the romance of voluntary poverty wore off. After a year of selling real estate, in 1981, Divine Providence intervened and she landed her first job as a reporter/editor/photographer for a weekly newspaper in Digby, Nova Scotia for the princely sum of $125 a week. Still poor, but having discovered her calling, she pursued a journalism career that led her to 17 years in news and current affairs in radio and television at the CBC, 12 of those years as a television producer. She worked briefly from 2000-2002 as a communications officer for the Canadian Alliance Caucus when Stockwell Day was Leader of the Official Opposition.
In 2002, Deborah started her communications business and completed her suspense novel The Defilers, which won the 2005 Best New Canadian Christian Author Award and was published by Castle Quay in 2006. She returned to print journalism full-time in 2004. She blogs at www.deborahgyapong.com, foolishnesstotheworld.wordpress.com, and on the group blog TheAngloCatholic.com based in the United States.
Photo: Christopher Humphrey Photography