Colleen Ross

CBC Radio producer

Colleen Ross is a senior producer for CBC Radio national news and has covered stories from across Canada and around the world. She has lived in Europe, West Africa and East Africa. Colleen created the CBC Radio program Babel and has written extensively on language.

Latest from Colleen Ross

Extreme altruism: Why do some people help others at great risk to themselves?

Why do some people do extraordinary acts of altruism, at great risk to themselves? Calvin Stein rescued a little girl from the path of runaway ponies, only to get trampled himself. It turns out that the brains of extreme altruists, like him, are wired differently.
Analysis

Trump's jabs, Clinton's upraised palms could reveal who has the upper hand in debates

It's not what you say; it's how you say it. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be well advised to remember that adage when taking the stage at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday night for the first U.S. presidential debate. We break down what their gestures tell us about the two candidates.

Class of 2015: 5 ways for graduates to find a job

Even in an uncertain economy, there are at least 5 ways for graduates to get a job — from being in an in-demand field to volunteering — that will help launch them into their career.

Social media: Are we as informed as we think we are?

Upstairs in a Toronto restaurant, a few dozen strangers mingle and drink, laughing and leaning into conversations. They’re talking about everything from terrorism and education to robotics and marriage, and they are escaping the silos imposed by social media.
Analysis

Colleen Ross: The winning words of candidate-speak

When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney launch into their campaign speeches, some words have more value than others, researchers are finding.
Analysis

The great typo hunt

It's amazing the number of spelling mistakes you can find on public signs these day, Colleen Ross writes. But they are not just amusing, they can cost business.

The secret to learning languages

There are a couple of tricks to learning other languages. One is to learn how your brain learns, another is to have fun, Colleen Ross reports.

How technology is turning us into faster talkers

Today's quick pace and technology are turning us into faster talkers and research is saying our brains aren't keeping up, Colleen Ross discovers in Word of Mouth.

Java jargon: Coffee lovers take language lessons from wine snobs

Wine snobs who crowbar ordinary words to describe something many of us just slug back and quietly enjoy might be annoying, but their way of describing taste sensations is spreading to other food and beverages, such as coffee and chocolate.

Digital condolences: Are we trivializing the language of death?

Colleen Ross on how to address the dead and console the living.
Analysis

Lost in simultaneous translation

Colleen Ross enumerates the dos and don'ts of translating, particularly from the Arabic

A better way to say hello

Colleen Ross on the human joy of the extended greeting.

How Obama lost control of the oil-spill narrative

Colleen Ross on Barack Obama's linguistic challenges to contain the fallout from the Gulf oil spill.

The latest from the font

Colleen Ross on the beguiling openness of her favourite font.

I luv phonetics

Maybe we should rethink the way we teach English, Colleen Ross says.