Reference contacts and letters of recommendation for Eli Ridder.


Robyn Wilkinson
Managing Editor, Fairway Division of Metroland Media
(416) 859-5735
Editor for my time at the Guelph Mercury Tribune.

Jim Coyle
Former journalism professor at Humber College, Toronto Star editorial journalist
(416) 303-7528
Journalism professor.

Mike Wise
Journalism program coordinator at Humber College, former CBC Toronto anchor
Journalism professor and worked closely with me on breaking news.

Rob Lamberti
Journalism professor at Humber College, faculty editor for Humber Et Cetera
Journalism professor and worked closely with me for breaking faculty strike news.

Reference Letters

Doug Coxson

Former regional managing editor for my work at the Guelph Mercury Tribune until he departed Metroland in April 2020.


To whom it may concern,

When Humber Journalism student Eli Ridder offered to write for the Guelph Mercury Tribune on a volunteer basis during our early coverage of COVID-19’s impact on the community, our small newspaper’s staff was just getting used to the idea of working from home.

We were also grappling with the financial impact of the lockdown, which was just beginning to devastate our already fragile print advertising revenue. Directives to limit discretionary spending were immediate, leaving our small newsroom at a significant disadvantage.

Needless to say, Eli’s efforts were welcome during this difficulty adjustment, as was the encouragement of Humber faculty to allow anything Eli wrote as a volunteer count toward his program.

Our news team and I were impressed and delighted with this young reporter’s abilities.

As an astute and insightful observer of his community, Eli’s story pitches were reliably compelling and his approach was thoughtful and professional. Eli’s stories were well structured and sources relevant. He tirelessly sought to provide balance for his stories as the lockdown made that effort increasingly difficult.

Eli is obviously as passionate about the craft of journalism as he is about his community.

I am confident he will excel in any role that comes his way.


Doug Coxson

Former managing editor, Guelph Mercury Tribune

Jim Coyle

Former Toronto Star features reporter and former Humber College journalism professor.


Dear Sir/Madam:

My name is Jim Coyle. I spent 39 years in journalism with The Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen and Toronto Star before retiring in 2018. I currently teach reporting at Humber College.

I have no hesitation in telling you that Eli Ridder is among the most promising young journalists I have taught.

He has the two essential elements needed to succeed. He is eager to learn and willing to practice. More than most students, he is an idea machine and a self-starter who thinks critically and is able to work independently.

Fifty years ago, he probably would have been one of that old-school generation who joined a newsroom as a 15-year-old copy boy and ended up running the place.

This year, I have been particularly impressed by work he did for Humber News at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention and also his reporting on the coronavirus pandemic for the Guelph Mercury Tribune.

If a news editor happened to call me and say a student reporter was needed for a day to help out in an emergency, I would send Eli. He is the most newsroom-ready student I have taught.

I am confident that Mr. Ridder has a bright future and would be an asset to any media outlet.

Jim Coyle