Meet The Crew
Jonna Brewer Host
Jonna Brewer has been with the CBC since 1988, starting as an editorial assistant in the national radio newsroom in Toronto. The first time she saw a reporter dashing out of the newsroom to cover a story, she knew that's what she wanted to do. A native Maritimer who was ready to move anywhere, it was a happy coincidence when a reporting job opened in Moncton. And the rest is history.
Jonna has done many jobs at CBC Moncton, from reporter to executive producer, news announcer and now host of Information Morning. Her passion for story telling has never waned and says there is no shortage of stories to tell, nor a shortage of fascinating people to talk to, in New Brunswick. Have a story to tell? Get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa Blanch News Editor
I grew up rolling my eyes and questioning all authority figures in Amherst Nova Scotia. I had never heard of CBC radio. After six years of night courses I earned a Commerce degree from Mount Allison. I was working as a marketing manager for a small company. I had just flushed the only working toilet in the building with a bucket of water and watched a mouse sniff around my lunch bag when it came to me. My future was not in selling teddy bear picture frames. My future was in journalism.
I was accepted to the one year bachelor of journalism program at the University of King's College in Halifax and have felt at home asking questions and listening to answers ever since. Since graduating in 2000 I have worked as a reporter, host, news reader and producer. My adventure with CBC has taken me from one end of Canada to the other. I spent a year in Prince Rupert British Columbia, five years in Fredericton and am now thrilled to call Moncton home.
Marc Genuist Reporter
Marc grew up in Saskatoon. He'd never really known where Moncton was until his partner told him she'd been offered a great job out east. Being a sensitive, new age guy, he dutifully followed along in this adventure.
Now, several years later they'd never think about leaving. The lobster, kayaking, mild weather, Acadian and celtic cultures and oh yes, the work is what keeps him planted here.
Marc has always felt that news reporting is not about him, it's about the listener. So if you have any concerns or know somebody who is not getting the recognition they deserve send him a note at email@example.com.
Kate Letterick Reporter
Kate's gift of gab was apparent at an early age, so those who know her are not surprised she's earning a living "speaking into the mic."
Kate was born and raised in Moncton but started out as a radio reporter and anchor in London, Ontario. It didn't take long before New Brunswick beckoned her return. She moved to Fredericton, where she spent nine years as a television reporter, covering the Legislature. Kate has been with CBC Moncton since 1999. She's been recognized for her work regionally and nationally by the Radio Television News Directors Association.
You can reach Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Nicol Producer
Lynn has worked in CBC's most easterly location (St John's), most southerly (Windsor), and most northerly (Inuvik). While Lynn was in Inuvik, the station was also the most westerly at that time. Altogether, Lynn spent nine years in the north with CBC, as a reporter in Iqaluit, and senior editor in Inuvik.
Eventually she wound her way back east to New Brunswick, where years before she had attended high school in Campbellton. That's actually where Lynn started out, as a cross border baby. Her family lived across the Restigouche River in Quebec in a small farming village called Sillarsville.
One of the easiest decisions Lynn ever made was picking a university. Lynn ordered calendars from every one in Canada. When she opened the one for University of Windsor and spotted the photo of the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit, the die was cast. She could get an education and see Gordie Howe play hockey, at the same time. So that's where she went for both undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of Communications.
Lynn's interests were mostly in film and television, but she wound up in radio. It may be because of the way she behaved when she was a wee one. She had always created a racket as soon an her grandfather turned on the radio to hear the weather and the farm news.
Lynn came to Moncton to fill in for two weeks in August,1998 and she's still here! The most wonderful thing is, for the first time in her career, Lynn has family where she's working, including several young nieces and nephews. And she still loves the Red Wings, from a distance.
Michael Richard LeBlanc Producer/"on-air" director
Michael R. has been a journalist and story-teller for more than 30 years. He was born in Yarmouth and raised in the nearby Acadian fishing village of Wedgeport, N.S. He first arrived in Moncton in the fall of 1983 and worked the next seven years at the Moncton Times & Transcript, where his contributions ranged from crime reporting and general assignments to editing the entertainment section and writing a humour column.
Michael's first CBC gig was supplying the voice of the tidal bore in a fake interview in the late '80s on when CBC Moncton still had its own afternoon show. He went on to work on that show until it ended in 1997. After that, there were stints as a documentary film scriptwriter and story editor for productions airing on History Television and Discovery Channel. This was also the era when he would don his musician and comedian caps and join Marshall Button and the Hubcap Comedy troupe that toured the province and spawned the Hubcap Comedy Festival.
Michael R. returned to CBC in 2007 and has sinced reported, read news, directed and produced.
Karin Reid-LeBlanc Executive Producer, CBC Moncton
Karin Reid-LeBlanc works behind the scenes as the producer of Information Morning.
Karin began work with the CBC in 1993. She's worked as a reporter, director, tech-director, announcer and producer.
Karin grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia. She studied journalism at the University of King's College and started her broadcasting career at CKDH in Amherst. Karin worked at CBC Radio in Halifax and Fredericton before joining the Moncton team in 2001. Highlights include producing a nationally award-winning series on youth and HIV awareness with reporter Kate Letterick and broadcasting live from the Rolling Stones concert at Magnetic Hill.
Karin's roots keep her firmly planted in the Maritimes with her husband and two daughters. When she's not running a meeting or running after her kids, you can find her running.
You can reach Karin at email@example.com.