Global BC’s Deb Hope stepping away from anchor chair after 32 years in television

After more than three decades in the broadcasting industry, B.C.’s best known and admired broadcast news anchor, Deb Hope, is stepping away from the anchor chair.

Known recently for anchoring Global BC‘s Noon News and Early News, Hope has worn many hats at Global News, from reporter, to producer and then anchor.

“For more than three decades, Hope has demonstrated a tireless commitment to delivering the news to our community,” said Kenton Boston, vice-president of Global BC and Global National. “She is considered an icon in B.C. and we salute her for her years of dedicated service. We wish Deb continued success in all her future endeavours. We will always consider her part of our Global family.”

When Hope joined Global in 1981, it wasn’t even called Global BC, it was still known as BCTV.

“I’ve loved my job over three decades, working with so many amazing colleagues at Global,” said Hope. “It has been my pleasure to meet so many British Columbians when I’ve been out in the field. I want to give a special thanks to our viewers for tuning in”.

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Born in Trail, Hope left when she was 18 to attend the University of British Columbia, and it was there she got her first taste of journalism by reading newscasts on the campus radio station, CITR, and writing for the Ubyssey newspaper.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in French, then moved to Carleton University in Ottawa where she received an Honours Bachelor degree in journalism.

She began working for a Canadian Press as a junior reporter, but longed to return to her home province.

Her first job back in B.C. was with the now defunct United Press Canada, and after three years she joined Global BC where she has been a common face in living rooms ever since.

But aside from her tireless work to bring news to people around B.C. for more than 30 years, Hope is known for so much more.

She has represented Global and worked with countless charities in B.C., including projects for the Courage To Come Back Awards, Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Way, Canuck Place, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, St. Paul’s Hospital, the Variety Telethon, BC Children’s Hospital, and the AIDS Walk for Life. And that’s just to name a few.

This spring, Hope will be receiving the prestigious RTDNA (Radio and Television Digital News Association) Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Hope’s last with day with Global News will be March 21, 2014.

She will be missed by her colleagues and, no doubt, thousands of viewers around the province.

A look back at Deb’s time at Global BC:

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