CBC Officially Launches CBC London station
Rebecca Zandbergen and Chris dela Torre to host the morning and afternoon radio shows.
We are excited to announce our team at the new CBC London station. Heading up the team is the Executive Producer Bernard Graham. Bernard was attracted to the opportunity to launch a new CBC station in London after successfully launching his own two children and their lives. He brings decades of experience in radio, TV and digital. Bernard was the executive producer of radio talk programs at CBC Calgary. He's been a musician, likes to travel, and was vice chair of an immigrant-serving agency. Bernard is looking forward to the festivals in London such as Sunfest and getting lost in the back roads of southwestern Ontario this summer. Follow him @cbcbernard
Starting you off on radio on weekday mornings from 6:00-8:37 a.m. is Rebecca Zandbergen. Rebecca is a CBC veteran having worked at stations across the country including Windsor and Ottawa. An avid runner, Rebecca is keen to jog along the endless riverfront trails in London as well as uncovering second hand gems at used goods stores. She's also looking forward to returning to her birth province with her husband and young daughter. Follow her @RebeccaZandberg
Working alongside Rebecca as your morning news editor is Gary Ennett. Gary has been with CBC Radio One London bureau since its inception in 1998, reporting on local issues. Gary has also been a lecturer in the Graduate Journalism program at Western University and is the former president of the Radio Television Digital News Association in Canada. Follow him @GaryEnnett
Your host in the afternoon from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on CBC Radio One is Chris dela Torre. Chris was born in Toronto but has recently been working at CBC Calgary. He's hosted regional programs and several CBC Radio network shows including q, DNTO and The Story From Here. Chris has toured the country as a musician. He is excited to put down roots in southwestern Ontario with his wife and three young sons and reconnecting with family living in the area. Follow him @chrisdelatorre
Joining Chris as your afternoon news editor is Kerry McKee. Kerry has been reporting for the CBC in London since 2000. She's worked in both radio and television and she's covered everything from city council to the London Knights. Kerry loves going to the Grand Theatre, cycling the multi-use pathway system in the city and visiting Covent Garden Market. Follow her @kerrymckee50
Finding stories in London and area will be our reporters in the field.
Kate Dubinski joins CBC London from the London Free Press. She worked there for 12 years covering general news, education and digital trends. Kate is an award-winning journalist who is passionate about London. She loves Victoria Park's summer festivals, biking through Woodfield and time spent at the London Potters Guild. Follow her @KateDubinski
Hala Ghonaim has lived in London for most of her life. She has been working as a reporter at AM980 News in London. Prior to that, Hala worked at the London Free Press and recently won an Ontario Newspaper Award. Hala can be found hiking though Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, rock climbing at the Junction or sampling the delicious food at Covent Garden Market. Follow her @Hala_Ghonaim
Andrew Lupton is a digital journalist with the CBC in Toronto. He has family connections in London so a move down the 401 is a natural fit for Andrew and his young family. Andrew joined the CBC in 2009 after working at the National Post. He has a keen interest in local politics. He also likes getting around on two wheels. Follow him @AndrewLupton
Our VJ is in London is Colin Butler. Colin is an award-winning CBC reporter having worked at the local and network level across Ontario and Eastern Canada. Colin is happy to be returning to his hometown where he attended both Fanshawe College and Western University. He's most looking forward to rediscovering the city's excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and fishing the Thames with his dad and children. Follow him @ColinButlerCBC
Keeping the station on and running is our Associate Producer/Technician Ryan Soulliere. A proud Canadian of Metis decent, Ryan comes to us from CBC Windsor where he is currently working with the local radio shows. Ryan started as a technician at CBC Radio in Ottawa back in 1996. Ryan and his family are looking forward to reconnecting with relatives in London. He's also looking forward to live music scene in the city. Follow him @ryansoulliere1
Rounding out the team is our CBC London producers Amanda Margison & Nathan Swinn.
Amanda has been filing stories from London for the CBC for the better part of a year. Amanda is a multi-platform journalist who has worked in five provinces. She has won awards for disaster coverage in Quebec, lived to tell the tale of a Nova Scotia hurricane, contributed to investigative projects in Toronto and has reported while sitting atop a horse for at least one story. She teaches digital and broadcast courses at Western's Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Amanda has a soft spot for Golden Ghosts and anything that eats hay. Follow her @margisoncbc
Nathan grew up on a tobacco farm in Tillsonburg, about 45 minutes from London. After graduating from Western, he went to Fanshawe College to learn the craft of radio. He started with the CBC in Thunder Bay. Nathan then came back to southern Ontario in 2011 and has been with CBC Windsor doing just about everything. He is excited for the opportunity to "go back home" and get this new station up and running while bringing all sorts of great stories to the people living in southwestern Ontario. Follow him @NSwinn