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About

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.

Daybreak Team:

Carolina de Ryk
Carolina de Ryk, Host, Prince Rupert | @rupertsmaven

Carolina de Ryk first hit the CBC airwaves in 1979. She joined the local morning program to celebrate her 3rd 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, BC. She is passionate about the amazing, sometimes unbelievable, stories that can only come from Northern BC. Carolina has shared stories from the north across Canada in news reports and radio documentaries.

Carolina is raising 2 young daughters with her husband, a brew-master. She bakes a fine loaf of bread, and is working to develop her green thumb.

Russell Bowers
Russell Bowers, Host, Prince George

Russell has been a broadcast professional for 25 years, having hosted radio shows nationally and regionally from coast to coast.

He has conducted over 10,000 interviews during that time with a diversity of political leaders, international figures and the people next door. Noted for his conversational style, he often asks the unexpected question causing both the guest and the audience to think about the answer.

His work as a writer/broadcaster, comedy performer, producer and news reporter has appeared on CBC shows like The Current, Irrelevant Show, Sunday Edition and The 180.

In addition to his radio work, he's been a print columnist, a videographer, speech-writer, publicist, and university instructor - adding award-winning credits as an actor and record producer, rounding out a very eclectic career. Russell is thrilled to return for a second stint co-hosting Daybreak North following a five-year run in Prince Rupert from 2003-2008. During that assignment, he was honoured to also broadcast from places like Haida Gwaii, Terrace, Fort St. John and Smithers.

Russell has also given his time to charity efforts and has been involved in raising over $500,000 for a variety of national and local relief projects including the Red Cross, Spread the Net and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Andrew Kurjata
Andrew Kurjata, Producer, Prince George | @akurjata

Andrew bikes to work almost every day, even in the winter. He regularly live-tweets city council meetings for fun. He loves music and the outdoors, plays dodgeball and road hockey, and has way 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 or stream the entire series on our website.

He was born and raised in Prince George, and has a degree in political science and international studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. If you'd like to know how to pronounce his last name, he made a handy guide that you can find here.


Wil Fundal
Wil Fundal, News Editor, Prince George | @wilfundal

Wil 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.

George Baker
George Baker, Associate Producer, Prince Rupert | @cbcbakergeorget

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.


Audrey McKinnon
Audrey McKinnon, Associate Producer, Prince George

Audrey McKinnon is an associate producer on Daybreak North, working out of Prince George. She produces a lot of the content for the show--coming up with story ideas and treatments, finding the right guests for interviews and preparing the hosts for them. That means she has to have a broad spectrum of interests and curiosities. For that she reaches into her past as a visual artist, a pianist, and much more.

She grew up in the Lower Mainland, except for a brief stint in Bella Coola where she first developed her love of B.C.'s north. Her most recent life chapter was spent in Vancouver where she earned a diploma in journalism from Langara College. That's where she gained respect and admiration for the code of ethics upheld in the journalism community--that seeks to inform without bias. Coupling that with the art of story-telling that compels people to turn on their radios, Audrey aims to take the listener to new places and expose them to different perspectives while providing reliable and relevant information.

When she's not working, she's caring for her son, driving through long stretches of beautiful B.C. and looking for new experiences and adventures to keep up her lust for life.


Betsy Trumpener
Betsy Trumpener, Host, Prince George (on leave) | @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.



Robert Doane
Robert Doane, Producer, Prince George (on leave) | @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.