+1 What do you read to keep current on the latest trends and news?
I am a certified news junkie and voracious reader of news sites—any and all! I love The Globe and Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun, The Wall Street Journal and the list goes on. I also follow dozens of news reporters and columnists on Twitter to make sure I’m always in the loop. I like to be one of the first to know what’s going on in the world.
+2 If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?
Seriously? It took me 20 years to get back to my dream city, Vancouver—I’m not leaving again! I went to college here, and literally sobbed as I drove my dented old Camaro back to Edmonton to take a news reporter/anchor job shortly after graduating from BCIT. I absolutely love Vancouver’s energy…wading into the masses on Robson Street every night as I leave CTV. It’s an exciting, stunningly beautiful city with an entrepreneurial spirit. And the restaurants? Ahh. Gastronomical heaven. Not a week goes by that I don’t tell my husband how lucky we are to live here.
+3 What’s your “plan B” if you need to spontaneously switch careers?
Plan B? Hmm. Good question. The easy answer is some alternate form of media other than mainstream television news. I’d love to be a radio current affairs host… a magazine contributor… a digital media specialist…maybe a documentary producer? I’ve already taught college journalism, written a column for a major daily newspaper and been a regular network radio guest. At this stage of the game, I’m keeping my eyes, mind and options open. Who knows what exciting challenge is around the corner?
+4 Most coveted superpower?
Teleportation. Who wouldn’t want to just beam yourself instantly to a beach in Thailand? The Olympic gold medal hockey game in Sochi? To the other side of the Massey Tunnel during rush hour?
+5 Looking back, which moment in your career are you most proud of and why?
When I was helping to launch a brand new newscast several years ago, with no resources and lots of time to fill, I was able to use my profile as a television news anchor and bi-weekly newspaper columnist to raise money and awareness for women’s shelters in Alberta. It started with a viewer engagement campaign over Christmas called “Give Me Shelter”, where I encouraged people in the Edmonton area to drop by the station with gifts and donations for women and children staying in women’s shelters over the holiday season.
The campaign was then bolstered by a crazy idea to put my favourite Edmonton journal columns into a book called Laptop Diaries as a fundraiser for the shelters. Many generous people and companies helped me make the book a reality. Ten thousand books were printed, and 100 per cent of the proceeds went to the shelters. Six weeks later, I was able to present the shelter directors with a $100,000.00 cheque. Yeah, that was a pretty good moment.