With more than two decades of broadcasting experience and strong ties to the community, co-host Jody Vance joined the Breakfast Television family in 2011.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Vance was the first woman in Canadian television to host her own sports program in prime time, a position she held on Sportsnet for six years, starting in 2000. More recently, she was host of Seeking Stanley on the CBC, a program that followed the Vancouver Canucks’ exciting NHL playoff run. Previously, she worked for Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment doing live, unscripted pre- and post-game broadcasts for all of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ home games. Vancouver radio listeners also know her from “The Jody Vance Show,” an afternoon drive program on Shore 104.3FM, which she hosted until joining Breakfast Television.
Jody’s #1 guy is her son Brady (the “light of her life”). Jody and Brady, along with their two mutts Fenway and Baxter, call Kitsilano home and are very active in the community.
Breakfast Television Co-Host Riaz Meghji wakes Vancouverites up each and every morning with charm, humour and style. After graduating with a degree in finance from Simon Fraser University, Riaz moved to radio before making the shift into television. He has worked for MTV Canada, CTV News and SUN TV, before joining Breakfast Television in 2008. A seasoned professional, Riaz is known for his friendly and polished delivery, whether in front of a camera or on the stage.
Live Eye Host
Celebrating nine years on Breakfast Television, Dawn’s current role as a “Live Eye” Host has her doing everything from rappelling down a 20-storey building in a latex catsuit, to flying with the Snowbirds, as well as cooking with some of the best chefs in the Lower Mainland. You can also see Dawn at Vancouver Canucks home games as the in-arena host. Dawn also continues to work in the film and television industry. Twi-hards may recognize her from her cameo in Twilight Eclipse as a news reporter!
An established jazz vocalist, Dawn will be recording the follow-up to her award winning debut CD, “New Chapters for an Old Book” in September 2013. Dawn also performs with the Legendary Dal Richards and has had the honour of performing at the Orpheum with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Bramwell Tovey.
When not on stage or screen, Dawn puts in many volunteer hours for several charities, including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland and the SPCA.
Russ pulls double duty every weekday morning, delivering the weather forecast live to Breakfast Television viewers and News1130 listeners between 5:30 and 9:00 am. In addition, Russ works the afternoon split-shift on News1130 everyday, and also provides local forecasts to a variety of Hollywood film productions taking place in the Lower Mainland year round.
Even after almost 25 years in the field, Lacate still rises before the sun and looks forward to the challenge of deciphering the weather pattern everyday.
Michel McDermott gets Vancouverites moving in the morning with up-to-the-minute traffic information, helping Breakfast Television viewers get where they need to be safely and on time each morning.
After graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with Honours, Michel kept Vancouverites ahead of the traffic, broadcasting for various media outlets including CKNW, Rock 101, 99.3 The Fox, Z95.3, AM 730 and the BCTV Morning News.
In 2008, Michel became a key member of the Breakfast Television team, and says she “…can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Michel was originally born in Ontario, moved to North Vancouver when she was three, and says she wouldn’t live anywhere but Metro Vancouver.
When Michel is not hard at work, she is living the life of a typical North Shore girl; skiing, hiking and walking the seawall with her dog Cooper. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Thor began his journey in to media at CKNW Newstalk 980 Vancouver after graduating from BCIT in Broadcast Journalism. Following several years of producing hard news talk shows, he decided to enter the television world and explore the lighter side of news and entertaiment. Starting out on Breakfast Television as a behind-the-scenes producer, his passion for movies and all things entertainment soon spawned a weekly Friday movie review of new releases, aptly named “Thor’s Hammers”. Today, Thor reports on the latest entertainment stories that make the showbiz world go ’round!
Some of his career highlights include covering the nightly parties during the 2010 Olympics, interviewing such greats as Michael Buble, Chris Cornell & Alice Cooper, and covering the 2009 Juno Awards in Vancouver.
When he’s not reporting on the latest entertainment, Thor is an active reader, avid birdwatcher, photographer and enjoys hiking and rockin’ out to music. He is a devoted supporter of nature related charities such as The National Geographic Society and The Oceanic Preservation Society.
Greg has been reporting live on Breakfast Television for more than five years. He has covered stories from Vancouver to Chilliwack and from Blaine to Bellingham, Washington. A memorable moment is when more than 40 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash on an icy and slippery Port Mann Bridge. “We managed to park in an area under construction and went live from the middle of the bridge with the fog and damaged vehicles all around us.”
Born and raised in British Columbia, Greg spent most of his years in Tsawwassen and Port Coquitlam growing up. While attending the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Greg landed his first position at City as a junior associate producer. After graduating in Broadcast Journalism, Greg was offered the job of Live Eye Host. Three years later, he transitioned into the role of news reporter.
At City, Greg loves working with such a great group of hardworking, passionate and talented people every day. He enjoys the excitement and unpredictability of the job.
Greg enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, son and their cat. Greg is very active and often makes time for Crossfit.
Kyle is a news anchor with Breakfast Television Vancouver and can be seen bright and early weekday mornings beginning at 5:30.
Born in Ottawa but raised in Victoria, Kyle considers himself a BC boy at heart. He graduated from the Applied Communication Program at Victoria’s Camosun College, where he got his start in broadcasting by anchoring news updates on the campus radio station’s morning show. Before joining the Citytv team in 2006 as a host for Breakfast Television Vancouver, Kyle worked as a news producer for The New VI and A Channel in Victoria, and as a news anchor, reporter and weather host for CFJC-TV in Kamloops. Kyle has earned various news awards including an Edward R. Murrow for Best Hard News Feature and a Jack Webster for Best Community Reporting. He was in the courtroom when serial killer Robert Pickton was sentenced, has covered the 2010 Winter Olympics from Whistler, and even broadcast BT live from Disneyland, Kamloops and Victoria.
Kyle lives in Vancouver and loves to experience the city’s restaurant scene, with weekend brunches being one of his favourite meals. He also loves to travel and takes regular trips to Vancouver Island to visit his family and friends.