CTV Vancouver news anchor Tamara Taggart has won the B.C. Association of Broadcasters’ title of ‘2013 Broadcaster of the Year’.
Taggart began her career with CTV in 2001 as the station’s weather reporter, and in 2009 she even co-hosted Live! with Regis and Kelly for one day.
In January 2011, both Taggart and Mike Killeen took helm of the news desk anchor positions for CTV News Vancouver.
But her health took a turn for the worst in 2012 when she was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumour – an extremely rare type of cancer in her small intestine – and took a leave of absence for three months.
She overcame the illness through emergency surgery, and in the process doctors discovered a 10-centimetre tumour that had ruptured her surrounding veins.
“I feel more emotional when I’m covering stories about people with hardships,” she told BC Living. “When I report the news, and it’s usually bad, I always think, ‘Why can’t we just be nicer to each other?’ I look at these people who do horrible things to others and I just shake my head and think, ‘I know something you don’t: Life is precious.’”
The 46-year-old is also a mother of three children and a writer on her Modern Mommy blog.
The B.C. Association of Broadcasters awards were handed out on Friday night at Whistler. CTV swept the television categories, winning six of the seven awards – in addition to Broadcaster of the Year.
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