Daybreak North is the most listened-to radio show in Northern British Columbia. Every morning, hosts Carolina de Ryk and Robert Doane champion and challenge the north with memorable interviews and original journalism that connect listeners from Quesnel to Fort Nelson to Haida Gwaii to the Robson Valley, and all points in-between.
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Carolina de Ryk first hit the CBC airwaves in 1979. She joined the local morning program to celebrate her third birthday, and the CBC's 40th anniversary. She was well on her way to a career in broadcast journalism. At 15 she got her first radio show on the local university campus station - and she's been on the radio ever since.
Carolina officially joined the CBC in 2005 and has been crafting stories about the changing face of BC ever since then. Today she is the morning host of Daybreak North out of Prince Rupert, B.C. She is passionate about the amazing, sometimes unbelievable, stories that can only come from Northern B.C. Carolina has shared stories from the north across Canada in news reports and radio documentaries.
Carolina is raising two young daughters with her husband, a brew-master. She bakes a fine loaf of bread, and is working to develop her green thumb.
Robert Doane first came to the CBC in 2006. He started as the Aboriginal intern, before transitioning into a researcher, then associate producer, reporter, and co-host. After a couple of years of hauling stories in from the coast of Prince Rupert, Robert moved to Prince George where he is now producer and co-host. Robert's been recognized as a Jack Webster Award finalist, has won two national RTDNA awards, and three B.C. RTDNA awards.
Robert loves the north, and is passionate about northern issues.
Before getting into the radio biz, Robert studied journalism at the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is currently enrolled at Royal Roads University on his way to a MBA. He lives in Prince George with his wife and three beautiful daughters.
Wil Fundal is northern B.C.'s news and current affairs reporter/editor, and news reader. He moved to Prince George in 2006 after working stints in Metro Vancouver in television, and the Southern Interior in private radio.
He received the RTDNA Peter Gzowski Award – Radio News Information Program in 2017, is a two-time finalist for the Jack Webster award for Best News Reporting, and a nominee for the RTDNA Charlie Edwards Award for Spot News.
In 2016, he was voted one of Prince George's favourite local celebrities, and best local performer. When not presenting the news, or reporting from the scene of big story, he takes the stage in musical theatre performances, and sings the national anthems for the local organizations, including the WHL's Prince George Cougars.
Before making the move to Canada's national public broadcaster, he worked as a senior news anchor and reporter for CJCI/CIRX, and CBC TV, and CTV News as a freelance journalist.
Reporter Betsy Trumpener is an award-winning journalist, writer, and radio documentary producer.
Betsy's coverage of the 2010 Paralympic Games earned her the National Radio Network Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award. Her journalism has also been recognized with a Jack Webster Award for Best Radio Feature, three national RTNDA awards, and three B.C. RTNDA awards.
She is a published author, at work on her second book. Her book of short fiction, The Butcher of Penetang, was a shortlist finalist for two national literary awards. Her first play will be produced by Prince George's Theatre Northwest in 2016.
George Baker is a true southern-boy living up north: he doesn't fish, he doesn't hunt and he doesn't even own a pair of gum boots.
But he does enjoy learning from, covering and being a part of the Northern B.C. community.
Before joining the CBC Daybreak North team, George worked for two years at the Prince Rupert Daily News covering many of the issues that the good people of northwestern B.C. care so much for.
George lives in a house-shaped orange on top of a hill in the 'City of Rainbows', Prince Rupert.
He has a cat named Hemingway, and a pick-up truck named Chevy.
Situated in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh, Andrew Kurjata is a radio producer and digital journalist born and raised in Prince George.
He bikes to work in the winter, live-tweets city council meetings and has far too many pets.
In 2014, Andrew produced a special series called "At Home In the Hood." It focuses on Prince George's inner city VLA neighbourhood, and you can download the entire series as an mp3 or stream it on Soundcloud.
His last name is pronounced "ker • ya • ta".
Audrey McKinnon has her beginnings rooted in both Vancouver and the small, coastal community of Bella Coola, B.C. A Langara journalism graduate, Audrey first began at CBC working on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition, before working for various B.C. shows as an associate producer. She moved to Prince George in 2014 to work for Daybreak North, covering the Canada Winter Games locally and nationally for television and radio.
She relocated to Kelowna to host the B.C. interior afternoon program Radio West before returning to Prince George to rejoin the Daybreak North team.
Audrey has produced a provincial special on education in British Columbia and worked as a reporter, news editora and associate producer. Her interests are as diverse as the work she has done at CBC, ranging from quirky curiosities to hard hitting news, with one common quality in each story she delivers; she is interested in the people at the heart of each story and what drives them.
Audrey has a background in art, having painted and sold work in Vancouver. She helped run a small art gallery in Yaletown before taking a months-long hiatus in Trinidad and Tobago, returning to begin her career in journalism.
Jordan Tucker is a regular contributor to Daybreak North. Raised in 100 Mile House, she relocated to Prince George to get a degree in English and Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia.
Also a published poet, she lives with two cats named Simon and River and a goldfish named Jim.
"Think before you speak Judy, look before you leap Judy": Constant reminders given to Judy (Stanley) Kucharuk by her peers as she was growing up. Thankfully, this rebellious small town girl simply could not comply and a rushed headlong into life, unable to edit the words that bubbled to the surface unchecked. Those (oftentimes) inappropriate thoughts and words became a conduit for her to share her lifelong struggle with depression.
Judy now lives in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and when she isn't working full time as a Special Events Manager at the Encana Events Centre, she is writing her weekly column for the Alaska Highway News or recording her bi-weekly column "Peace of Mind" for CBC Radio Daybreak North.
Recently Kucharuk published her first book titled, "Naked Tuesday" – a self deprecating collection of real-life essays which follows the author as she gets older….but never quite grows up. The book is an intimate, relatable look at her life as a daughter, a wife and a mother and how she uses humour to share her life experiences.