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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 19, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Rick Gamble

Lecturer, Society, Culture, and Environment & Journalism; Fellow, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Contact Information

Office Location: RCE 244



Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Rick graduated from Carleton University in 1977 with a BA in English.

Research Interests

A CTV reporter for 23 years, Rick has done extensive documentary work in Africa since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

With a background that also encompasses print, radio and online reporting, Rick is interested in teaching journalism in African countries where reporters are unaccustomed to objectively covering authorities such as the government, the military and police. Many places on the continent have known only state-run media, so there’s a desperate need to equip reporters to protect the public interest through fair, responsible and courageous news-gathering.

Using his technical and reporting skills, Rick will also document the projects undertaken by others working on behalf of the Tsepho Institute.  The production of documentaries on those projects will 
serve many purposes, including:

*   providing an historical record of local and national issues,
*   ensuring documented facts cannot be rewritten easily by those motivated by narrow self-interest,
*   raising awareness of pivotal matters such as social problems, peace and justice issues, and sustainable
*   furnishing an academic and media tool for use in Africa and  around the globe,
*   giving researchers and their academic partners a powerful fund raising tool.

Relevant Publications, Productions and Projects

In 1995, Rick’s profile of the Rwandan genocide's aftermath, After Rwanda, won silver in the TV industry's national Best Documentary competition.

In 2000, wrote, produced and narrated Songs of the Grass, a profile of ordinary Ugandans tackling social problems such as poverty, HIV/AIDS and a 21-year civil war in the north of the country. Carrying the Elephant, a second documentary, dealt with the exploitation of peasant farmers, particularly in the coffee industry.

In 2007, Rick returned to northern Uganda for Bending Spears, an examination of the reintegration of former child soldiers into the very villages they traumatized with rape, murder and mutilation.