It’s a good thing Jennifer Crosby is a morning person. Her days start at 4 a.m., preparing for the Morning News on Global Edmonton. She and Shaye Ganam return later in the day to anchor the Noon News Hour.
Jennifer says the best days at work are those days when a story is unfolding live during the broadcast – and with five hours a day on the air, it’s not unusual. Jennifer has been on the news desk as the new Pontiff was named, as police have resolved Amber Alert cases, or as flooding swamped Southern Alberta – and much more.
“One of the great things about TV news is our ability to bring events to our viewers as they unfold. With the Morning News, we have a lot of opportunities to connect with our audience on a very real level,” Jennifer says.
Her career highlights include being one of just three members of the media invited to meet His Highness the Aga Khan; gaining rare access to the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre’s Tri-centre for a special report on education behind bars; reporting on numerous election campaigns; and an exclusive interview with Kevin Costner from inside a private jet.
Jennifer has also been able to combine her agricultural upbringing and support for the city’s growing food scene with her broadcast skills. These are tough gigs – she has judged the River City Round-Up Chili Cook Off – and lived to blog about it for Global’s website. She also judged the first-ever WinterCity Signature Drink Competition, and has worked as a barista at Starbucks each year to promote World AIDS Day programs and awareness. She has also emceed the day-long EAT Alberta seminar on local food, and the Meals on Wheels Grape Expectations fundraiser.
Some of her favorite charities and causes include the 1000 Women: One Million Possibilities Initiative benefitting Norquest College students, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s annual World Partnership Walk, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, and Global Edmonton’s own Give Me Shelter campaign for local women’s shelters.
Prior to joining the Global Edmonton team, Jennifer anchored the evening news from BC’s capital, Victoria. She also worked as a producer, reporter and host for a half-hour primetime special on the local food movement, “You Are Where You Eat ,” and hosted live televised coverage of landmark public events like the Victoria Day and Santa’s Light parades. Earlier postings took her to small-town Northern BC as a videographer, morning radio anchor, and host of a TV current affairs program. She credits her work on “To the Point, with Jennifer Crosby” with honing her interviewing and adlibbing skills.
Jennifer is the recipient of a Visionaries Under 40 award for media and publishing. She holds a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT and a Bachelors of Anthropology with Distinction from the University of Victoria.
In her spare time Jennifer enjoys cooking and visiting Edmonton’s many fantastic restaurants. Jennifer also has a passion for writing. Her written work has appeared in a number of publications, including the Edmonton Journal, and The Tomato Food and Drink.
She and her husband David also welcomed a baby girl into their family in the fall of 2014. Jennifer is currently on maternity leave, awaiting the arrival of her second child.