Paola Samuel got her start in broadcast journalism in San Francisco, California, where she interned for both CBS and CNN.
She was hired by KPIX TV and pretty much got handed every menial job in the newsroom, often working the dreaded overnight shift.
She finally got her on air break in the town of Santa Rosa and made her way to Monterey as a reporter for a local CBS affiliate.
But Montreal kept calling her back and she eventually came home . . . just in time for some of the most exciting news stories in Quebec’s history.
Some of her news highlights include the 1995 referendum, the Chicoutimi floods in 1996 and the ice storm of ’98.
After working with CBC National and CBC Newsworld as a producer, Paola joined Global News in July 2004 where she has worked as a producer, anchor, Morning Show host and reporter for local and national news.
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Professional “Ah-ha” moment: Going out as an intern to my first big natural disaster story: the Oakland, California fires of 1991. I realized at that moment the power of each person’s story and the strength of the human spirit when faced with the most heart-wrenching circumstances.
Most interesting about working as journalist: Getting to hear first-hand accounts of people’s stories and having the privilege of sharing them with the rest of the world.
You can never have too many: Hot just-out-of-the-oven St. Viateur bagels!
Most underrated virtue: My patience.
Greatest extravagance: My honeymoon – a 5-star month-long safari in Zimbabwe!
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: My two incredible boys!
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