Charmaine de Silva
A political junkie, Charmaine credits her father with introducing her to politics at a young age and encouraging debate.
Charmaine is a graduate of both Simon Fraser University (Political Science) and B.C.I.T. (Broadcast Journalism.) She started her journalism career in the Okanagan, before moving back home to Vancouver to work at CKNW. Aside from several years as a News Editor/Presenter for the CBC, Charmaine has spent most of her work life at CKNW, breaking stories and holding officials accountable.
She has been recognized for her investigative reporting, including uncovering concerns about breast cancer pathology at Kelowna General Hospital, and for exposing several large developers for helping drive up rental costs in Vancouver by flouting short-term rental rules. Charmaine is also the recipient of several B.C.A.B awards for coverage of wildfires in the Okanagan, and two National Radio Television Digital News Association awards – one for reporting during the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, and the other for shedding light on the challenges Vancouver seniors face living alone.
Charmaine lives in the West End with her partner and children. Coffee, wine and cheese help her tackle the challenges of parenting a teenager and a toddler.