• About Me

Award-winning network news producer

I’m a connected, creative and committed producer who delivers high-impact news stories that inform, influence and inspire. I’m a critical thinker with a strong ability to make complex ideas easily understood. I have outstanding news judgment, a keen eye for the best shot, and I never miss a deadline. I take pride in consistently delivering accurate, meaningful and memorable broadcast and online content.

Skilled investigative and data journalist

I have a strong track record in investigative reporting, with expertise in filing access to information and freedom of information requests at all levels of government in Canada and the United States. I understand where useful open data exists, how to find it and how to mine it to drive enterprise journalism for all platforms. I am a creative, analytical and detail-oriented problem solver. I also possess extensive knowledge of the workings of the Canadian government and have well-developed political contacts.

Seasoned pool, live and coordinating producer

I am experienced in organizing live network productions of planned special events and unexpected breaking news. I am able to deploy, direct and supervise the work of multiple crews while ensuring the safety, integrity and performance of everyone on the team. As a pool producer, I have worked cooperatively on behalf of all television networks in Canada to coordinate coverage of international and domestic prime ministerial events, international summits, election campaigns, political conventions and VIP visits.

Forward thinking

I understand the latest technology, transmission tools and formats to aid in storytelling. I am able to bridge editorial, broadcast engineering and IT needs to adopt new techniques and technology for journalists to work more efficiently while reducing costs.

Exceptionally organized

I am comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously, working efficiently under tight deadlines and remaining calm under pressure. I am a professional who is flexible, respectful and loyal to colleagues.

Background

Detailed Experience

Field Producer, CTV National News
January 2011 – April 2017

Produced news coverage with a national focus for CTV National News, Canada’s most-watched newscast with more than one million viewers nightly, based in the Ottawa Parliamentary Bureau

Provided editorial input and supported political reporters covering Parliament Hill; established network priorities for daily and future news coverage with the bureau chief and national desk

Oversaw the production process, from pitching and researching original and ambitious stories, to assigning and supervising a sizable field and bureau team, to the writing and vetting of reporters’ scripts and supervising the edit process

Designed creative and eye-catching requests for graphics to distill complicated subjects into compelling television

Drove enterprise journalism by using freedom of information and access to information laws, and by acquiring and analyzing open data and documents

Used established sources and contacts at a high level to break political news stories

Planned, developed and coordinated detailed coverage plans for domestic and international special events

Quick deployment for breaking news as coordinating producer; provided logistical and editorial support for news teams

Ensured safe working conditions by identifying and managing risks before and during assignments

Worked in close coordination with national desk, affiliate stations, international partners, the Parliamentary Press Gallery, the Prime Minister’s Office, government departments and other media outlets; excelled at navigating these relationships to execute unilateral and pooled news coverage

Possess a strong understanding of field camera, non-linear edit systems and transmission tools for newsgathering (including file and live video transport solutions via IP, satellite, fibre, BGAN, Dejero, Streambox, LiveU, Aspera, FTP, iOS); developed efficient and cost-effective digital workflows for editorial and technical teams

Provided support, analysis and advice to senior management, including capital budgeting

Trained and mentored junior producers and interns; assisted and provided coaching in investigative journalism for CTV colleagues across the country

Assumed the role of Acting Director & Senior Producer, CTV News Ottawa Bureau, in August 2016: Day-to-day operations and administrative management of a 30-person news bureau including scheduling crews while adhering to collective agreements; managing studio and feed bookings; budgeting and tracking of production expenses; advising on broadcast engineering, infrastructure and IT projects; overseeing building facilities and maintenance

Associate Producer, CTV’s Question Period
January 2011 – June 2011

Shaped and produced Question Period, CTV’s Sunday morning news show and Canada’s longest-running political program

Took ownership of taped and live interview segments from pitch to production: thoroughly researched, chased and booked newsmakers; conducted pre-interviews and wrote backgrounds; booked remote studios and feeds; wrote scripts, promotional teasers and headlines; worked with editors to create engaging video packages, graphics and other on-screen elements

Control room production, both live and pre-packaged

Field produced remotes, both live and pre-packaged

Associate Producer, CTV’s Power Play
September 2010 – January 2011

Shaped and produced Power Play, CTV News Channel’s flagship daily political program

Took ownership of taped and live interview segments from pitch to production: thoroughly researched, chased and booked newsmakers; conducted pre-interviews and wrote backgrounds; booked remote studios and feeds; wrote scripts, promotional teasers and headlines; worked with editors to create engaging video packages, graphics and other on-screen elements

Control room production, both live and pre-packaged

Field produced remotes, both live and pre-packaged

Producer, Global National
January 2009 – September 2010

Covered political and national affairs in the Ottawa Parliamentary Bureau for Global National, Canada’s early evening national newscast

Researched and produced hard news, feature, in-depth and investigative stories

Booked news guests and conducted interviews in studio and on location

Communicated with anchors and producers during live broadcast on breaking and developing news

Field producer, writer and researcher during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler

Reporter-Editor, Postmedia News/Canwest News Service
September 2008 – August 2010

Breaking news reporter covering international, national and regional news for the Postmedia/Canwest wire service, serving Canada’s largest publisher of paid English-language daily newspapers

Reported on political and national affairs for the news service’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa, and on economics, financial markets and corporate issues as business reporter for Financial Post

Copy edited news and feature stories for a national audience

Also served as online editor for Postmedia/Canwest Digital Media: sourced, produced and posted news content, photos, videos and original multi-media features on the Canada.com web portal and metro newspapers’ websites; and served as photo desk editor: coordinated photo and video coverage from Postmedia/Canwest newspapers and international bureaus

Reported from Hong Kong during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic

Reporter, North Shore News
May 2008 – October 2008

News writer, municipal council reporter and feature writer for the North Shore News

Also responsible for print pagination, layout and design for news pages

Media Relations Officer, Service Canada
April 2007 – September 2007

Developed and implemented communications plans to support the Service Canada Centres for Youth summer employment centres in Metro Vancouver

Provided monitoring and analysis of media coverage

Developed, coded and managed database software and website to streamline internal communication

Professional Memberships
2008 – present

Canadian Association of Journalists

2009 – present

Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery

2013 – present

Radio Television Digital News Association Canada