From public health issues to medical breakthroughs, Heather has been Global Calgary’s health reporter since 2009. Weeknights during the Early News at 5 p.m. and News Hour at 6 p.m., Heather anchors Health Matters – a segment dedicated to the health news that matters most to Calgarians and their families.
Heather received her broadcasting education at the University of Calgary and SAIT. After a brief time working as videographer, anchor, producer and news reader at CFTK-TV in Terrace, B.C., Heather joined Global Lethbridge in 2003. She spent two years there as a reporter, producer and anchor before getting the opportunity to work with the news team that first inspired her to go into broadcasting.
A passion for telling the stories of Alberta’s newest residents prompted Heather to travel to Brooks in 2007 to cover the lives of a community of new African immigrants. The reports became part of a Global News Special: “Minority Report: Alberta’s Cultural Collision” that went on to win the regional and national RTNDA Adrienne Clarkson Award for diversity.
In 2008, Heather’s curiosity about the AIDS pandemic in Africa took her to South Africa, where she took a break from broadcasting to help a small NGO produce videos about the work they were doing. Deeply moved by the tragedy of the orphan crisis created by the pandemic, Heather shared her experiences with the Global audiences online. A passion for health reporting had also been sparked: in September 2009, Heather took over as health specialist.
For more information on Heather’s previous stories, visit our Health Matters page.
Being an organ donor is more difficult than many people realize, because the circumstances around a patient’s death have to be very specific. Continue reading →
According to the Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Calgary, the maternity ward at the South Health Campus is much smaller than the wards at Calgary’s three other adult hospitals. “The reality is that it is only half the size it was planned to be,” said Dr. Doug Wilson “We had hoped to have a whole new women’s health centre with 5,000 deliveries.” Continue reading →
Suffering from a rare degenerative lung disease, Mark Dolter spent nearly 250 days living in the intensive care unit at the Peter Lougheed Hospital. His only hope was a double lung transplant. Continue reading →
Women with the BRCA-1 genetic mutation have an up to 60 per cent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer by the time they reach age 70, those with the BRCA-2 mutation have a ten to 20 per cent risk of developing ovarian or fallopian tube cancer. Continue reading →
A major clinical trial found chronic migraine patients treated with Botox experienced fewer headaches with little to no side effects. One Calgary woman said “it changed everything” for her. Continue reading →
Researchers at the University of Calgary are looking to recruit 5,000 low-income seniors for a study on managing chronic disease. Continue reading →
Thousands of Canadian kids have disabilities related to strokes they suffered at birth and now researchers believe a robot may be able to help with their recovery. Continue reading →
After several weeks of frenzied activity, Alberta’s late flu season appears to finally be winding down. Continue reading →
Thanks to a new federal research grant, researchers at the U of C’s Snyder Institute for Chronic Disease will work with researchers at McMaster University to see how diet and gut bacteria impact inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Continue reading →
Beginning this week, all newborn babies born in PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will be screened for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID). But for most of the country, newborn SCID screening is not available. Continue reading →
New research has found physical activity can help men with prostate cancer live longer–reducing risk of mortality by up to 40 per cent. Continue reading →
When Cassie Evans opened Honeycomb Midwives with her business partner last fall, their goal was to provide vulnerable women with better access to midwife services. Less than a year later, the practice is looking at closing its doors. Not for a lack of demand but for a lack of provincial funding. Continue reading →
Research published this week has found this year’s flu shot is providing good protection against the most actively circulating strain of the virus, H1N1. Continue reading →
New research has found testicular cancer survivors need only be monitored with CT scans for two years following treatment instead of five. Continue reading →
Influenza has claimed 38 lives in Alberta so far this year, including 11 people that died in just the last week. Continue reading →