As a veteran broadcaster, a third generation Vancouverite and busy working mother, Tamara comes to the anchor chair with a lot of experience, passion and a deep understanding of what matters to Metro Vancouver residents. Recent highlights of her long television career include co-hosting CTV’s widely-praised coverage of the 2013 provincial election and the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. In the field, Tamara reports on a range of important issues, from women with HIV to rare diseases affecting children.
Tamara’s commitment to our community goes beyond her work on the air.
She’s proud to be the Chair of the BC Women’s Hospital’s “Hope Starts Here” campaign, helping to raise $17 million for a new Newborn Intensive Care Unit. She also sits on the boards at The Kettle Friendship Society, the Pacific Parkland Foundation and The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Tamara is also a founding board member of the Rare Disease Foundation, and a big supporter of the Developmental Disabilities Association and the BC Centre for Ability.
Tamara has been with CTV British Columbia since 1997, including stints as co-host of Vancouver Breakfast as well as the weathercaster for CTV News at Five, CTV News at Six and CTV News at 11:30. In 2009, she spent a memorable morning filling in as the co-host of Live! With Regis and Kelly in New York City.
Tamara is the recipient of many broadcasting awards, including Best Local TV Anchors (with co-anchor Mike Killeen), Best Local TV Weather Person and Best Local TV Personality from The Georgia Straight’s “Best of Vancouver” annual readers’ choice poll. The WE readers' poll voted Tamara Best Weathercaster and Favourite Television Personality. She was honoured as the "Woman of the Year" at the Consumer's Choice Awards and The TV Week readers' choice awards has named Tamara their Favourite TV Personality, Favourite Weather Personality and Favourite TV Special Features Reporter.
Tamara and her husband David Genn have three children – son Beckett and daughters Zoë and Poppy. They also share their home with Stanley, their Airedale Terrier. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys gardening, interior design, hosting parties and playing outside with her family. Tamara's growing family has provided lots of great content for her blog, Modern Mommy.