Kate Heartfield Kate Heartfield is the former opinion editor of the Ottawa Citizen, where she worked from 2004 to 2015. In 2015, she was shortlisted for a National Newspaper Award in editorial writing. Kate holds a degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a master of journalism degree from Carleton University. She is now a freelance editor and teaches journalism at Carleton University and creative writing online. She is also a fiction writer and has published several science fiction and fantasy novels, short stories, and games, which have won or been shortlisted for the Nebula, Locus and Aurora awards. She lives in rural Ottawa.