Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Update: A Surprise Anniversary

I was checking my email earlier this week and was surprised to see an email from the 'Corus Service Awards', congratulating me on my 5th anniversary as a member of the Global News team. I had no idea!

I am usually on top of such milestones, but this one completely slipped my mind. Blame the pandemic and the fact life has been kind of turned upside down for the past five months, but I did want to take a couple of paragraphs to reflect on the past five years.

Here's what I wrote when I started at Global back in 2015:

I've settled into a groove at my new job. I have a lot more on my plate, but the added responsibility is invigorating and I'm really enjoying the challenge. Right now my focus is on creating, producing, and presenting weather forecasts for eight markets: Toronto, Montreal, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Winnipeg.

Sports coverage will start to be added to my job description at some point in the fall once all of the shows for all eight markets are running like a well-oiled machine.

Now here's my on-air schedule. It's a lot more consistent than my schedule at The Weather Network.

Wednesday and Thursday - Late newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Kelowna

Friday - Late newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Toronto, Montreal, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Saturday and Sunday - Eveing and late newscast for Kelowna, late newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon

Well, that's a lot to unpack.

A lot has certainly changed over the past five years. Weather was my sole focus when I first started at Global. Now, weather is decidedly on the back-burner with my role as a digital broadcast journalist and host of Global News Weekend.

I no longer do market-based broadcasting--Global News Weekend is a national show that airs on the Global TV app and Global's 24-hour streaming service, both of which didn't even exist in 2015!

I did dabble in sports anchoring over the past five year at Global, but that department doesn't even exist any longer.

I worked nights extensively back then, from Wednesday to Sunday. Now I just work mornings and day shifts, which is so much better for my work-life balance. I work 4, 10-hour shifts each week compared to 5, 8-hour shifts.

Producing series like What's Your Fitness Age, The Culture of Fitness, Fitness Served Cold, Top Dog, and The Training Ground wasn't even on my radar back in 2015.

I'm definitely proud of what I've been able to accomplish and how my career has been able to grow and evolve throughout my five years at Global News. And I'm excited to see what the future holds!

Also, speaking of The Training Ground, here's the third episode on competitive speller, Enya Huber.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

July Update: Summer's Here

Global News Weekend continues to improve each and every week. The chemistry throughout our small, 5-member team is showing up on screen. We are making little tweaks to the show to put our personal stamp on it and to get the look of the show to where we want it.

That's what was so enticing about taking this opportunity in the first place--the chance and challenge of launching a show from the ground up.

Each show is better than the last and I'm excited to see where we're going to go over the next few months.

Reminder: you can watch Global News Weekend every Saturday and Sunday morning on the National feed of the Global TV app, on Amazon Prime Video and at this link.

Here are some highlights of stories I've done over the past month (all of these can be found on my Global News personality page)

- A chat with the director of The Walrus and the Whistleblower

- A discussion on race and raising children of colour

- A Father's Day chat with our dads

- A chat with the CEO of Tennis Canada

- Talking to a former Paralympian about his battles with severe depression

- The second episode of The Training Ground, on ultramarathoner Dave Proctor

Thanks for reading and watching!

Monday, June 1, 2020

June Update: Launching a new series

We're getting into a nice groove on the Global News Weekend morning show. We have over six weekends under our belts since our official launch in mid-April.

I am really enjoying this new role and the creativity it affords me in putting together stories and interview on interesting topics and people.

Last month, I launched a new series that I have been working on since January (the launch was obviously delayed due to the pandemic).

It's called The Training Ground. Here's what it's about:

The Training Ground is a series that dives into the mental, physical, and emotional journey needed to prepare for a competition or performance, athletic or otherwise. 

Every competitor or performer has their own training montage documenting their journey of how they got to where they are; what they had to sacrifice; how they had to push themselves to achieve success. And that’s what this series is about: the blood, the sweat and the tears.

It will feature guests from the sports world and beyond, men and women who have experienced success and failure.

Think of the famous quote by Teddy Roosevelt, of which I’ll paraphrase: ‘It is not the critic who counts . . . the credit belongs to the man (woman) who is actually in the arena . . . if he/she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his/her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’

My first episode was with Austin Sora, a professional dancer from Ontario who lives in New York City.

I am currently putting together the second episode, which features Canadian ultrarunner Dave Proctor. Look for that in next months' update.

On a personal note, tennis courts in Ontario have thankfully opened and I've been playing at least three times a week since the middle of May. It's nice to have somewhat of a sense of normalcy during this strange time.

Thanks for reading and watching!