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Connie is the Program Head and an instructor in the Broadcast and Online Journalism program. She started teaching at BCIT 20 years ago. Connie is an award-winning journalist who spent most of her career prior to BCIT at CBC where she was a senior producer, special events producer, reporter and anchor. Before that she worked at CKVU in Vancouver and ITV in Edmonton as reporter and anchor. Connie has a Bachelor of Journalism (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (honours political science) from Carleton University and an M.A. (Communications) from University of Leicester, UK.
Bill started his broadcast career doing overnight radio news in Montreal. After reporting on Rene Levesque and the first Quebec referendum at CJAD and CFCF Radio, he moved to the CBC, where he reported and anchored on radio and television - first in Montreal and then in Vancouver. Bill holds a B.A in English Literature from McGill University and has been on BCIT's Broadcast Journalism faculty since 1989. He has produced a documentary on Online News in Canada and has done some part-time acting on the Vancouver stage.
Julia is an award-winning broadcast journalist with over three decades of experience in radio and television news and documentary work. After attending the BCIT Broadcast Journalism program, she worked at CKNW and CISL radio before moving to CKVU (CITYTV). Julia won several accolades as a reporter, documentary producer, and anchor. After joining CTV News Vancouver in 2001, Julia won awards from the BC Association of Broadcasters, the Radio, Television and Digital News Directors Association and the Jack Webster Foundation for excellence in TV News Reporting. She also worked as a story producer, assignment editor and Fraser Valley bureau chief. Julia joined Global News in 2013 and works part-time as a news reporter. Julia has been teaching part-time studies at BCIT since 1997. She joined the full-time Broadcast and Online Journalism program in 2013. Since then she has completed the Provincial Instructors Diploma. Julia is proud to offer students a strong combination of current experience and professional guidance.
Christine began her television career after graduating from the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT. Since then she has developed a vast repertoire of experience through various freelance engagements with CBC Sports, CBC Radio Vancouver, Force Four Productions, Channel 4 in the UK and as a full-time producer for TVNW Media Group (a Vancouver based production company). Christine's background is primarily in sports production where she has worked as a producer, host and play-by-play commentator for the past eight years. A few career highlights include three years as the series producer and host for the triathlon world cup series TV show, play-by-play for various track events on TSN and two trips to the Olympic games, as a sport media liaison in 2000 (Sydney) and as an on-site colour-commentator in 2004 (Athens). In 2005 Christine made the switch from full-time production to full-time teaching when she joined the faculty at BCIT. While continuing to work as a freelance host and producer, Christine’s enjoys her time spent working with students as they too embark on an exciting career in broadcasting.
Mary Kay Thurston is a graduate BCIT’s Television program. She began teaching Broadcast Journalism after working as a writer-producer at Vancouver's CKVU TV. She has also worked as a freelance photographer, and as news editor for CBC, Global and ATV in Halifax. Other career highlights include serving as Vice President of the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada, receiving the BEAC Michael Monty National Excellence in Teaching Award and a Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship. Of all her achievements, Mary Kay is most proud of the BCIT High Flight Scholarship she has established in tribute to her husband Mike, who lost his life in a helicopter accident in 2001.
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