Contact Us - CBC Calgary News Team

Contact our hosts and anchors and our broadcast reporters.

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Contact Alana Baker
Alana Baker

Email | @alanacbaker

Alana was born and raised in Calgary, and is an alumna of U of C and SAIT.
As a teenager, Alana went to school just blocks from the CBC Calgary building, and a dream was born.

Before landing a gig at CBC, Alana worked as a reporter and news reader in Regina at News Talk 980, and then spent two years as producer for The Rutherford Show.
Alana loves to travel, and is working on crossing dream destinations off her "to see" list.
In her spare time, you can find her playing ball hockey or softball, preferably followed by ample patio time.


Contact Kyle Bakx
Kyle Bakx

Email | @KyleBakx

Kyle began his journalism career as a radio reporter in Steinbach, MB, while studying at the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

Working his way through the prairies, he's also spent time at Global Winnipeg and CHAT TV in Medicine Hat.

His work has been recognized by four RTNDA awards, of which two were at the national level. His proudest moments include producing documentaries in Ethiopia and Italy.

He is an active community volunteer with non-profit organizations such as the CNIB and Canadian Humanitarian.

In his spare time, Kyle loves to travel. He also stays active with a variety of sports and outdoor adventures.


Contact Kristina Barnes
Kristina Barnes

Email | @CBCKristina

Kristina Barnes is the Host/Producer of CBC News Calgary at 11.

Born and raised just west of the city, Kristina loves that she has been able to spend her entire television career in Calgary. After earning her diploma in Broadcasting at Mount Royal College, Kristina joined the CBC Newsworld team (now CBC NewsNetwork). Much of her time with Newsworld was as Host and Producer of several news programs for teens. From Nunavut to The Netherlands, Kristina most enjoyed travelling to find the stories that would connect young Canadians to the world around them. She was honoured for her work by the Canadian Cable Television Association, twice winning a Galaxi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Educational Programming. Kristina has also worked as a Writer, Lineup Editor, Reporter, Producer and Host for other various CBC programs.

Kristina is one of the Calgarians who looks forward to ten days in July, when the Stampede turns our city into the Wild West. She gets a kick out of talking to people from around the world who come to see and participate in the parade, the afternoon rodeo and evening chuckwagon races. During the Stampede Kristina is part of the CBC Sports coverage, interviewing the cowboys and cowgirls who come to our city to compete.

Despite having travelled extensively, Kristina still believes the best view in the world can be seen looking west from Calgary across an open field to the Rocky Mountains. These days when she travels, it's more likely to be a camping trip. She can also been found coaching and volunteering in a number of minor sports, trying to learn how to kickbox, and playing with monster trucks! Some day Kristina also hopes to once again find the time to curl up with a good book.


Contact Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

A former newspaper reporter, Andrew has been working for the CBC since early 2010.

Over the years, Andrew has worked as a TV and radio reporter in St. John's and Labrador City. He's been telling stories at CBC Calgary since August, 2012.

On top of his news reporting, Andrew has also worked in sports, covering the World Cup for CBCsports.ca in 2010. He's heard across the country every summer as the host of CBC Radio's national morning sportscast.

These days, Andrew reads the news every morning on the Calgary Eyeopener.


Contact Rob Brown
Rob Brown

Email | @cbcRob

After living on the other side of the Rockies for more than a decade, Rob Brown and his wife Rosa Marchitelli decided to move their family to Calgary.

They came for the lifestyle, sense of community and a once in a lifetime career opportunity - a chance to co-anchor the CBC Calgary 5, 5:30 and 6pm television news together.

Rob is a veteran reporter who has worked all over Western Canada.

Born in Vancouver, he studied journalism at the British Columbian Institute of Technology.

Rob's first job was working as a photojournalist in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

He soon landed in Edmonton where his passion for politics saw him cover Alberta's legislature.

It was in the province's capital that he met Rosa - a Calgarian who had wandered north.

Together they moved to Vancouver where Rob worked as BC Bureau Chief for CTV National News and as a senior reporter/anchor at CTV BC.

Rob's journalism has been recognized with several awards including two Edward R. Murrows, a Dave Rogers RTNDA and a Jack Webster.

An avid paddler, he's is looking forward to discovering Southern Alberta from the water.

A life long Vancouver Canucks fans he's trying to warm up to the Calgary Flames.


Contact Falice Chin
Falice Chin

Email | @faliceemo

Falice Chin grew up as an expat child, switching languages with each new school enrollment in seven cities here and in China.

She began writing for the Calgary Herald and FFWD Weekly while attending the University of Calgary for a bachelor's degree in Linguistics. She then went on to complete a graduate degree in Journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, at the same time working as a freelance journalist for CBC TV, CBC Radio, the Halifax Daily News and other media outlets.

After working several years in Calgary for the Herald and the CBC, Falice moved to Doha, Qatar, first as senior editor of that country's government web portal, then as a "Mergermarket" correspondent for the Financial Times Group, specializing in corporate proprietary intelligence. During her two years in the Middle East, Falice visited a total of 20 countries -- Oman being one of her favourites.

Besides travelling, Falice also loves yoga, cycling, mid-century modern design and foreign films.


Contact Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Email | @albertareporter

Erin Collins is one of the CBC's two national reporters based in Calgary.

Erin has lived, worked and studied around the world from Canada's high Arctic to the plains of Africa.

Along the way, Erin completed a masters degree in international relations in Denmark and a graduate degree in journalism in Toronto.

Erin is passionate about stories that touch on the environment, politics and business, making Alberta a great place to work as a journalist.

Erin has won several regional and national RTNDA awards for his investigative reporting in Alberta since moving home in 2005.

When he is not chasing down stories, Erin can be found chasing pucks on the ice or chasing after his sons Oskar and Emmet everywhere else.


Contact Allison Dempster
Allison Dempster

Email | @dempsterCBC

Allison has reported from the swampy muskeg of James Bay, a snow king's castle in Yellowknife, the storied nickel and copper mines of Sudbury, the tin-roofed townships of Cape Town, and the bath-warm blue waters of Zanzibar.

After graduating from the journalism program at the University of King's College in Halifax, Allison went north to work for the CBC in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Three years later, she went south (somewhat) to work for CBC in Sudbury. She's currently a reporter in Calgary.

Allison has won two national radio documentary awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada.

She likes to travel and has volunteered for Bush Radio in South Africa and Journalists for Human Rights in Tanzania.

Originally from Merritt, B.C., Allison is enjoying the view from the other side of the mountains.


Contact Scott Dippel
Scott Dippel

Email | @CBCScott

Scott Dippel was born and raised in Calgary. He has a journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and has worked in four provinces over the past two decades. His roles have included legislative reporter, news reader, assignment editor and national reporter. Scott's many reporting assignments for the CBC have included Parliament Hill, filing from Australia in the mid and late 1990s as well as stints in several smaller cities in Canada.

Scott is now CBC Calgary's municipal affairs reporter. While he enjoys any story involving politics, elections and leadership races are a particular interest.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys cycling, travelling and spending time with his family.


Contact Tara Fedun
Tara Fedun

Email | @Fedun

Born in Mackenzie, B.C., Tara has spent most of her career in Alberta and B.C.

After graduating from SAIT in 2001, she snagged a job at CKNW Newstalk 980 in B.C. Tara worked her way from traffic reporter to news reporter and then to anchor. She moved to Vancouver Island to work in A-Channel's Nanaimo bureau for two years, before answering the call back to the Rockies and a radio position with CHQR.

Tara is a general news reporter for CBC News: Calgary.

Tara says she feels right at home again in Calgary, reconnecting with old friends, enjoying the sunshine, the mountains and of course, the great skiing.


Contact John Gibson
John Gibson

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John is a reporter/editor with CBC News Calgary's online team.

He has a BA in political science from the University of Calgary, a journalism degree from Mount Royal University and an MA in international relations from the University of New South Wales.

After a couple years working as a print reporter, John began his career with CBC News in 2000. He climbed the ranks of CBC Newsworld from intern to researcher to associate producer to lineup producer in 2006.

Moving into local Calgary news in 2008, John became the newscast producer for CBC Calgary's supper-hour television news.

Since 2011 John has been part of Calgary's growing team of web-dedicated journalists at cbc.ca/calgary.

In 2013 John earned an advanced certificate from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

In his spare time John enjoys sitting quietly.


Contact Dave Gilson
Dave Gilson

Email | @CBC_DAVE

Dave Gilson has been with CBC Calgary for nine years. He's worked as a lineup producer, show producer and network producer before bringing his experience and expertise to the role of reporter.

Outside the CBC, Dave loves spending time with his wife and two young kids. When he's not doing that, you can find him out hiking, mountain scrambling or snowshoeing in Alberta's backcountry.


Contact Meghan Grant
Meghan Grant

Email | @CBCMeg

Meghan has been with CBC Calgary since 2008. She began working in radio with the current affairs shows as an associate producer and eventually moved on to reporting for radio and television. Previously, Meghan worked as a producer for Pink Dog Productions in Halifax. She holds degrees in Journalism from the University of King's College and Sociology from Bishop's University.

Born in St. John's and raised in Halifax, Meghan's grown fond of Calgary but still considers herself a Bluenoser at heart.

After work, Meghan spends her time chasing her son around and showering him with hugs and kisses before he decides he's too cool for that.


Contact Bryan Labby
Bryan Labby

Email | @CBCBryan

Bryan is a proud third-generation Albertan who discovered his passion for journalism early on.

Reporting for his high school newspaper in Edmonton led to the Columbia School of Broadcasting. After graduation, Bryan became the news director in a one-person newsroom in Castlegar, B.C., and then the morning news anchor and general assignment reporter at a private radio station in Kelowna, B.C.

Bryan returned to Alberta to work for Calgary's CFAC 960 AM anchoring the afternoon news for four years, before switching to television for A-Channel, reporting and anchoring the weekend newscast for six years.

In 2007, he "headed across the river" and landed at CBC Calgary.

Bryan is a bit of fitness fanatic. He's completed several triathlons and marathons. When not at work, Bryan is busy at home with his wife and three daughters.


Contact Craig Larkins
Craig Larkins

Email | @Craig_Larkins

Whether it's wading waist deep in flood waters or reporting live from the centre of a wicked blizzard, Craig delivers the forecast with a friendly ease that relates to everyday families. He provides up-to-the-minute information to help them face the day.

We all know how complex Mother Nature can be, but using his in-depth knowledge of WSI, Craig breaks it down in a way that's easily understood. Inquisitive by heart, Craig began his broadcast career behind the scenes. Working from a production assistant to a camera operator - he has literally done it all. It wasn't until Craig stepped in front of the camera that he truly found his calling.

Craig is currently enrolled in Mississippi State University's Meteorology Program.


Contact Rachel MacLean
Rachel MacLean

Email | @Rachel_Maclean

Born and raised in southern Alberta, Rachel received one of the first bachelor degrees specializing in journalism from Mount Royal University in Calgary.

She participated in an exchange program in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she created a documentary about social issues. She also reported from Honduras during a time of political unrest.

After graduation, Rachel was hired as the news reporter for the Cochrane Eagle newspaper, which covers a large area just west of Calgary. She worked her way up to the editor position, bringing the newspaper into the digital age with a new website while focusing on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Rachel joined the CBC Calgary online team in September 2011.


Contact Rosa Marchitelli
Rosa Marchitelli

Email | @cbcRosa

Rosa is a native Calgarian, who grew up in the city's Northwest, went to the University of Calgary and got her first broadcasting job here.

While her career has taken Rosa across much of the country, she is ecstatic to be working in her hometown.

Since joining CBC in 2001, Rosa has excelled as a reporter, producer and anchor.

Rosa also taught aspiring young journalists as a Broadcast Journalism Instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Rosa met her husband in an Edmonton newsroom. The two self-proclaimed news nerds starting dating a few weeks after her arrival there and eventually married in 2003. They have three boys.


Contact Danielle Nerman
Danielle Nerman email | @CBCnerman

Danielle is an award-winning journalist and current affairs producer.

Her passion for storytelling has taken her around the world. She's chased dinosaur fossil thieves in the Gobi Desert, profiled China's first surfer and covered Beijing's inaugural hotdog eating competition.

Danielle's career at CBC began in 2004 after graduating from the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa. She crammed all her belongings in a tiny red Honda Civic hatchback and drove east for a summer gig at CBC Fredericton. Since then, Danielle has filed reports for CBC Radio and Television across the country.

Danielle won the 2009 media fellowship from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the 2010 national radio documentary award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada. She spent 2011 in Beijing, where she trained Chinese journalists. She also ate rabbit heads and willing got stung by live bees to cure a sinus infection. Danielle speaks survival Mandarin and Spanish.


Contact Ron Nicolson
Ron Nicolson

Email | @RonNicolson

Ron Nicolson was born and raised in Calgary.

He got into radio in the late 70's -- first as a DJ -- then as a reporter in Kamloops, BC.

He spent a number of years with a national news service in Toronto and Regina as a reporter, editor and newscaster before moving back to Calgary.

Ron has been reporting and reading the news at CBC Calgary since Family Day 1998.

He spent many years reading the news on the Calgary Eyeopener before moving to the day shift and the Homestretch.

Ron is also an avid golfer (but wishes he was much better).


Contact Charles Rusnell
Charles Rusnell

Email | @charlesrusnell

Award-winning journalist Charles Rusnell is one of Canada's most-experienced investigative reporters.

During a career spanning more than 25 years, he has produced stories about everything from crooked senators to rogue police officers to political influence peddling to bogus charities.

At CBC, Rusnell has broken stories about illegal political donations, doctor intimidation, lavish expense claims that cost a top health bureaucrat his job, and the cozy relationship between the government and the oil industry.

In 2011, Rusnell and producer Grant Gelinas, won two awards for investigative reporting from the Canadian Association of Journalists. Rusnell has also recently received awards from the Radio-Television Digital News Directors Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.


Contact Terri Trembath
Terri Trembath

Email | @corpgirl

Terri is a videojournalist, shooting, editing and reporting stories for CBC News: Calgary.

Born in the thriving metropolis of Cabri, Sask. (a town of 500 people), Terri graduated from the Lethbridge Community College with two diplomas -- one in radio communications and one in television broadcasting.

After five years as a camera operator and editor with CKSA in Lloydminster and with Calgary's A-Channel, Terri jumped at the chance to write and report for Global Maritimes as a videojournalist. She packed up her car for the trek to Nova Scotia, staying there for four years.

Back in Calgary now, Terri likes to spend her free time on the squash courts, taking advantage of the city's biking trails and hitting the nearby slopes on her snowboard.


Contact Colleen Underwood
Colleen Underwood

Email | @cbccolleen

Colleen was an X-ray technologist in Edmonton before a passing conversation with a veteran reporter inspired her. The reporter told Colleen that journalism is "the type of job where you never know what you will be doing until you get there, and you learn something new every day."

That's when Colleen began volunteering with a local newspaper. She moved to Calgary and graduated from the applied journalism program at Mount Royal College in 2004.

Colleen has worked for both CBC Radio and TV in Calgary and Regina, as well as a reporter for Shaw TV.

Her passions include reading, running and yoga -- and an addiction to taking courses. Her next project is to learn how to sew her own clothes after getting a machine for Christmas.

She also admits that she hasn't completely stopped cheering for the Oilers or the Eskimos. "It's hard to give up such loyalty after having grown up in Edmonton -- but I try," she says.


Contact Tara Weber
Tara Weber

Email | @TaraNWeber

Tara Weber is a TV/Radio reporter and host.

She has filed stories from newsrooms across the country, including Toronto, Yellowknife, Windsor and Calgary.

Tara has been part of teams nominated for an RTNDA award as well as for the New York Festivals.

She has a Journalism degree from Ryerson University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC Okanagan.

Being from Western Canada's Wine country, Tara enjoys practising attuning her palate to a great glass of red. She also likes to curl up with a good book or movie at home.


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