Welcome to London’s recession Olympics
I pitched and wrote this analysis piece while working at CBC’s online features desk in Toronto. It highlights how the prevailing political and economic trends affected the 2012 Olympics in London and was featured on the CBC News national website.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND FOLLOW-UP
In February 2013, I filed a TV story about the myth of Asian buyers traveling to Vancouver to buy real estate during the Lunar New Year period. The piece featured two sisters who were supposedly shopping for a condo with their Chinese parents. But, the two women were actually employees of the marketing company, and their manager had instructed them to pose as buyers. This is my follow-up TV piece on the consequences of real estate misconduct and the implications for Vancouver’s housing market. The above video is also embedded in the web version of the same story found here.
DATA AND ANALYSIS
Early struggles not dissuading SFU from its NCAA experiment
I pitched and co-wrote this story after poring over a decade’s worth of rosters for SFU’s football and basketball teams. My analysis found that some SFU teams had increasingly recruited from the United States after foregoing Canadian competition to play in the American-based National Collegiate Athletics Association. This shift hasn’t had the desired effect yet, as some teams have struggled to compete against the U.S.-based opposition.
LIVE RADIO REPORT
MULTIMEDIA EVENT COVERAGE
Vancouver gears up for Canadian men’s rugby 7s weekend
I’ve covered the Vancouver stop on the World Rugby Sevens Series each of the first three years it’s been held at BC Place. The annual two-day, all-day international tournament draws teams from 16 countries as well as more than 70,000 fans, many of them dressed in colourful costumes. I wrote this feature preview for CBC Sports ahead of the 2018 event. I’ve also live-tweeted during the day’s competition, gathered tape for TV, and phoned in hourly live hits for radio broadcasts.
A NEW ANGLE TO AN OLD STORY
How dearth of Canadian NHL teams will hit local economies
I wrote this feature to challenge the familiar narrative that a city’s economy suffers when the local sports team misses the playoffs. While visuals of empty bar stools and forlorn fans give that impression, economists say it’s simply not true. I found a local pub to back that up by saying its business boomed in non-playoff years because it drew non-hockey fans who otherwise might have stayed at home.
Super Bowl commercials are even worse in Canada
This was a freelance piece I pitched and wrote for Slate.com. It uses a more informal tone to convey to an American readership the annual frustration of Canadian Super Bowl viewers who missed out on the multimillion dollar U.S. ads due to CRTC regulations.
I pitched, shot, wrote and edited this story for CBC’s nightly TV newscast highlighting the team’s return to the MLS playoffs after missing out the previous season. I used a Sony ENG newsgathering camera to capture images and sound, and edited the story using Avid Media Composer.