Daybreak is the most listened-to morning show in Northern B.C. by a country kilometre! Broadcasting from Quesnel to Fort Nelson and from Queen Charlotte City to the Robson Valley, as well as in Bella Coola and the West Chilcotin.
Daybreak North is CBC Radio One's current affairs morning show in the Northern Interior and on the north and central coasts.
Program hosts in Prince George and Prince Rupert bring listeners the latest news, weather and road information.
The show also covers a broad range of issues, from natural resources, including forestry and fisheries, to aboriginal affairs, the environment and the arts.
Betsy Trumpener, Host, Prince George | @betsytrumpener
Moving into the co-hosting chair for Daybreak, CBC's popular morning show in B.C.'s interior, was a natural fit for Betsy Trumpener, who is an award-winning CBC News reporter, writer, and radio documentary producer. Inspired and energized by the voices, stories, and people of central and northern B.C., she's served as the region's sole CBC News reporter for almost a dozen years.
In that role, Betsy's traveled throughout B.C. and beyond, making frequent contributions to CBC's local, provincial, and national news and current affairs shows. Her 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, two national RTNDA awards, one for a series on fetal alcohol in Northern B.C. which she co-produced with colleague Robert Doane, and three B.C. RTNDA awards, one for a story on gang violence in Prince George.
She is also a published author and her book of short fiction, The Butcher of Penetang, was a shortlist finalist for two national literary awards.
Before moving to the B.C. interior in 1999, Betsy grew up in Alberta and worked in Toronto at a homeless shelter and in adult literacy and community development programs. Betsy now lives with her family and dog in a rural area outside Prince George.
Andrew Kurjata, Host/Associate Producer, Prince George | @akurjata
Born and raised in Prince George, Andrew is proud to call northern B.C. home. He graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia with a degree in political science and international studies.
Prior to joining the Daybreak team, he worked as a research assistant with UNBC and interned with the provincial government. He has also been editor-in-chief of UNBC's student newspaper, station manager of CFUR Radio, a millworker, a knife salesman, and an ESL teacher in Wuhan, China.
Andrew loves music and the outdoors, plays dodgeball and road hockey, and has way too many pets.
Wil Fundal, News Editor, Prince George | @wilfundal
Fundal loves telling stories, especially about northern B.C. He moved
to Prince George in 2006 after working stints in Metro Vancouver in
television, and the Southern Interior working for private radio. 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 cameraman.
When he's not tearing up the slopes (or
at least trying to) on the local ski hills, he loves performing on
stage at the local karaoke bar, and with local musical productions and
open mic night events.
Robert Doane, Producer, Prince George | @daybreak_dude
Robert Doane has done it all. The northern boy first came to the CBC in 2006. He started as the aboriginal intern, before transitioning into a researcher, then Associate Producer, Reporter, then co-host of the morning program Daybreak. After a couple of years, hauling in stories from the coast, Robert moved back to Prince George. He is now the producer. In Robert's short time with the CBC, he's been recognized as a Jack Webster Award finalist, he's won a national RTNDA award, and three BC RTNDA awards, one for a story on suicide in the Hazelton's.
Robert loves the north, and is passionate about northern issues. He recently partnered with host Betsy Trumpener on a national radio documentary, on private property ownership in the Nisga'a Nation.
Before getting into the radio biz, Robert studied journalism in Calgary at the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He now lives in Prince George with his wife and two beautiful daughters.
Marissa Harvey, News Reporter, Prince George | @marissa_harvey
Marissa moved to northern BC from her home town of Winnipeg three years ago. When she's not chasing stories, she loves to run ... usually very far. She's excited and honoured to be a permanent member of the CBC team.
George Baker, Associate Producer, Prince Rupert | @bakergeorget
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.
Adrian Mrdeza, Associate Producer, Prince George | @adrianmrdeza
Adrian Mrdeza has a passion for culture, international affairs and politics, sport, community and adventure. She enjoys snowboarding, gardening, photography, cooking and travel.
Adrian grey up on Vancouver Island and has lived in Campbell River, Victoria, Vancouver, Argentina and Ottawa. She has a bachelor of science and diploma in broadcast journalism.
"I love the people and the rawness of northern B.C. and am happy to be back in the north where people keep it real."
Adrian started her career with CBC as a tv/radio intern, spending time at Daybreak North before moving to private radio where she worked as an associate producer for newstalk radio.
Carolina de Ryk, Host, Prince Rupert (on leave)
My Mum has this story. On my third birthday, which falls on the same day as CBC's anniversary, Mum found me on the phone leaving this message: "Hi CBC, I really love listening to you with my Mum. I'm calling to tell you that we have the same birthday."
That, my Mum says, was the beginning of everything.
Since then I have crafted pieces for CBC radio across the country. I have called the bureaus in Victoria and Vancouver home. But my heart (and my voice) are planted in Prince Rupert. I moved here in 2006 as an Associate Producer with Daybreak North. Since 2008 I've had the honour of co-hosting the program.
In April 2010, our lively daughter, Enid, was born. Now she likes to listen to Mummy and the CBC. Enid tunes in to Daybreak every morning with Daddy, the dog and the cat.