CityNews director named to VanMag’s 2023 Power 50

By CityNews staff

CityNews Director Charmaine de Silva has been named to Vancouver Magazine’s prestigious Power 50 list of 2023.

“A large segment of our population wasn’t reflected equitably in newsrooms for a long time. The lens with which journalists look through is shaped by who they are,” de Silva said Thursday evening.

In her acceptance speech, de Silva thanked Rogers Sports & Media for giving “a mouthy, queer, brown woman” a voice. She also gave thanks to colleagues, including mentor Terry Schintz, whom she credited for making her a manager in an industry with few women of colour in leadership roles at the time.

The annual list honours the Vancouver region’s power players — those who have shaped the communities they call home and who have been able to “move the dial.”

She joins 49 other Vancouver luminaries, including VANDU’s Vince Tao, Dr. June Francis with the Hogan’s Alley Society, Squamish Councillor Khelsilem, municipal politicians, and local advocates.

Other additions to this year’s list include Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke, Vancouver Fire Chief Karen Fry, and Overdose Prevention Society Executive Director Sarah Blyth.

It’s the latest in a long list of de Silva’s accomplishments over her 15+ years in media.

Currently the director of both the Vancouver and Calgary CityNews markets, she joined CityNews in 2018. In her role, she leads teams of journalists working on radio, television, and digital platforms.

De Silva started her career at AM 1150 in Kelowna, and went on to work in some of Canada’s best newsrooms, including CBC Vancouver and CKNW, honing her skills as a reporter, news anchor, and talk show host.

She is a three-time National RTDNA award-winner and a two-time Regional Edward R. Murrow award winner. De Silva is best known for her work highlighting gaps in B.C.’s family justice system in a ground-breaking podcast and news series.

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