About Marcia Kaye

Marcia Kaye is an award-winning writer and editor with more than 20 years’ experience in national magazines and corporate and government publications.

Marcia specializes in health issues, family dynamics and major profiles, but she covers a wide range of topics that include politics, education, travel, personal finance and the arts. She has had exclusive interviews with three Canadian prime ministers, covered Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Tour and spent a week with the Toronto Blue Jays and their families during spring training in Dunedin, Fla.

She has accompanied police on an armed takedown, interviewed a convicted rapist in prison and sat in on “John school.” She has written investigative articles on food safety, immunization, mental illness and health-care policy.

Marcia is a winner of the sanofi pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism from Canadians for Health Research for her article “The Truth About Estrogen,” published in More magazine. She’s a four-time winner of the Award for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, for her articles “Needling Doubts,” on childhood immunization, Today’s Parent; “For Safekeeping,” on cord blood banking, Today’s Parent; “The Truth About Estrogen,” More magazine; and “The Hot Shot,” about the HPV vaccine, More magazine. She has received two Accolade Awards for Best Article (silver and bronze) from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, based in Washington, DC, for articles about global micronutrient deficiencies and stem cell research, and two Prix d’Excellence Awards (gold and bronze) from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, for articles about micronutrients and autism, U of T Magazine. And she has received three honourable mentions for journalism awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, for articles in Canadian Health, Today’s Parent and Chatelaine.

Marcia has profiled dozens of well-known Canadians. She has had exclusive one-to-one interviews with:

  • Environmental activist David Suzuki
  • Former prime minister Jean Chrétien
  • First female PM Kim Campbell
  • Former PM Brian Mulroney
  • Quebec premier Jean Charest
  • Green Party leader Elizabeth May
  • Humanitarian Stephen Lewis
  • Activist and former first lady Margaret Trudeau
  • “Corner Gas” star Brent Butt
  • Hockey commentator Don Cherry
  • NHL legend Mats Sundin
  • Former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston
  • Comedian Mary Walsh
  • Broadcaster Shelagh Rogers
  • Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jenn Heil
  • Astronaut Roberta Bondar
  • Baseball legends Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor and John Olerud
  • Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter
  • Activists Craig and Marc Kielburger
  • Singer/songwriter Murray McLauchlan
  • Dancers Karen Kain and Rex Harrington
  • Classical guitarist Liona Boyd
  • Celtic singer Loreena McKennit
  • Pioneering cancer researcher Tak Mak
  • Pop rocker Corey Hart
  • Children’s author Robert Munsch
  • Actors Eric Peterson and Janet Wright
  • Comedian Don Harron
  • Actor Cynthia Dale
  • Mystery author R. Wright
  • Lawyer Eddie Greenspan

…and many more

Magazines and Newspapers

She was the senior writer for Canadian Living for 12 years, prior to which she was a senior editor. She has been a contributing editor at Canadian Health magazine, a contributing editor and acting health editor at Homemakers, and a restaurant reviewer for The Toronto Star. She is a frequent book reviewer for The Toronto Star.

Marcia has had cover stories in:

  • Canadian Living
  • Chatelaine
  • Today’s Parent
  • Reader’s Digest
  • More magazine
  • Canadian Health
  • Homemakers
  • Best Health
  • Zoomer
  • Canadian Family
  • TV Guide
  • Canadian Geographic
  • Canadian Business
  • The Toronto Star
  • U of T Magazine
  • U of T Medicine
  • Comfort Life
  • 50Plus

…and many others.

She has also had her photography published in Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, 50Plus and the book Raising Great Kids.

Books

Marcia has authored or co-authored five books.

She is the sole author of the best-selling children’s biography Karen Kain (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).

She is a contributing author to the internationally best-selling trilogy Growing with your Child, Raising Great Kids and Understanding Your Teen (Random House), all of which have been translated into several languages.

She is the sole author of Craigleith Ski Club: The First Fifty Years, a commemorative coffee-table book.

Marcia’s articles have been reprinted in dozens of secondary school textbooks and online educational publications.

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Corporate and Government Work

Marcia wrote much of the web copy for the “Healthy Living” section of the website of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (www.heartandstroke.ca). She has written three booklets for Health Canada, including For the Love of Kids, a 48-page parenting guide that won the Award of Merit from the Information Services Institute of Canada and has been one of Health Canada’s most requested publications. She edited a major report on SARS that was presented to the United States Senate.

Marcia’s byline appears frequently in the Imperial Oil Review. Other corporate clients include Kellogg’s, Kraft Canada, ExxonMobil (U.S.), State Farm Insurance (U.S.), Mini-Minders Inc. and The Care Guide.

Marcia completed the graduate program in journalism at Ryerson University and also has a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto. She is a longstanding member of PWAC, the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Her writing has taken her across the country, and her curiosity has taken her around the world. She has travelled from Yellowknife to St. John’s, Ecuador to Pakistan, Luxembourg to the Philippines. Marcia makes her home just north of Toronto with her husband and two daughters.