Karina Zapata

Reporter/Associate Producer

Karina is a reporter/associate producer working with CBC Calgary. She was a recipient of the 2021 Joan Donaldson Scholarship and has previously worked with CBC Toronto and CBC North. You can reach her by email at karina.zapata@cbc.ca

Latest from Karina Zapata

Dire lack of housing for Banff workers spurs worst summer staffing shortage in years

Many long-time locals and new Banffites are struggling to find housing this year. Some are living in hotels and hostels, while others have crammed into a bedroom with bunk beds and multiple roommates.

Many Ukrainian Calgarians struggling with mental health amid war in Ukraine

Knowing the lives of their loved ones are at risk, many Ukrainian Calgarians are experiencing the mental health impacts of the war in Ukraine. But a Ukrainian therapist in the city says those who are struggling may not address it anytime soon, as personal distress isn’t a priority compared to the survival of family and friends.

War in Ukraine has been painful, say Russian community members in Calgary

Some Russian community members in Calgary say the last week has been filled with pain as Russia continues to invade Ukraine under President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

Calgarian Amhara youth raise awareness, funds for victims of Ethiopian civil war

A group of 28 Amhara youth in Calgary is working to raise awareness and funds for displaced Amhara citizens in Ethiopia through the creation of a youth-led organization — Amhara Youth in YYC.

Alberta government invests $63.5M for 11 new operating rooms at Calgary's Foothills hospital

Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre will receive 11 new operating rooms and 17 additional recovery beds through a $63.5-million investment by the Alberta government.

Community associations surprised, disappointed to find political ad in community newsletters

Some community associations in Calgary are “extremely disappointed” that a political advertisement was published in the February edition of 38 community newsletter magazines across the city without their approval.

This Calgary couple is working to destigmatize cancer for Black Canadians

When Yinka Oladele’s husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2016, she automatically became his caregiver. But she struggled to find the information and resources she needed to navigate his diagnosis as a Black patient.

How monitoring wastewater provides the most accurate look at COVID-19 infection in Calgary

As the Alberta government scales back on widespread PCR testing to focus on those in high-priority settings such as health care, the province is now relying on wastewater surveillance more than ever before to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in Alberta.

Domestic violence also happens in same-sex relationships, says Calgary survivor

After coming out 15 years ago, Mary thought she wouldn’t be subject to domestic violence. But two years into an abusive same-sex relationship, she took her nine-year-old daughter and found refuge at an emergency shelter.

Alberta travellers, WestJet react to new variant-fuelled travel advisory

Calgarian Dave Todd and his wife Barb were preparing for their Sunday flight to Miami, the first stop to their Caribbean cruise, when the federal government announced it was renewing its international travel advisory.