Equal Press #FeatureFriday is a space to highlight individuals or organizations doing noteworthy work in the areas of media, violence prevention, or gender equality. This week, we are thrilled to feature another member of the amazing Equal Press advisory committee – we are so grateful to the brilliant, diverse group contributing their knowledge to this project.
Charmaine de Silva is not your typical newsroom boss.
A brown-skinned lesbian millennial, Charmaine has spent her career challenging norms in media – and now enjoys blurring the lines between her roles as a journalist and community leader. As News Director of NEWS 1130, Charmaine leads one of Canada’s largest local newsrooms. Prior to that, she was Assistant News Director and a senior investigative reporter at CKNW and spent several years anchoring the news at CBC Radio One across British Columbia. She has won multiple National RTDNA awards – most recently for helping shed light on serious flaws in our family justice system.
Charmaine is also a passionate community leader, who serves as Co-Chair of the Vancouver Pride Society. She has been so proud to work with an organization dedicated to creating safe and inclusive events for Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community. Charmaine’s favourite thing to do with her valuable spare time is to share it with her family. She can often be found roaming the West End with her wife and children. Coffee, wine and cheese help her tackle the challenges of parenting a teenager and a toddler.
With a newsroom staffed by a team of award-winning journalists, NEWS 1130 delivers news, traffic, weather, sports and business information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.