After graduating in Broadcast Communications, Tamara's jobs took her from radio to concert promoting. All that hard work paid off…in 1997 the world of television came knocking and life hasn't been the same since.
Many doors have opened for Tamara - and she's walked through every single one of them, never looking back. It was the CTV's Community Calendar In Touch (now called Making A Difference) that started it all; from there she co-hosted the Vancouver Breakfast show and then entertainment during the evening news.
Tamara Taggart was chosen to represent CTV British Columbia on CTV's national news team broadcasting from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Tamara has been with CTV British Columbia for 13 years, 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.
For two years Tamara spent weekends redecorating homes around Metro Vancouver as the host of the HGTV Canada's hit show Love It or Lose It. Homeowners took their chances with a mystery designer and Tamara's was there every step of the way, having the time of her life. It was the perfect way for this home reno fan to spend her free time!
Tamara has appeared as a journalist in feature films including AntiTrust, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Halloween 8, Along Came a Spider, and has appeared in several television series including Robson Arms, Cold Squad and Touching Evil.
The Georgia Straight Annual Reader's Choice Poll has named Tamara as Best Local TV Weather Person and Best Local TV Personality from 2002 to 2009. She was honoured as the "Woman of the Year" at the Consumer's Choice Awards in 2003 and has graced the cover of TV Week Magazine many times - she was also named one of B.C.'s Ten Most Beautiful People. Tamara's wedding in 2006 was featured on the cover of TV Week and Real Weddings Magazine. She was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Host, Lifestyles Series for Love It or Lose It in 2005 and 2006. The TV Week Readers' Choice Awards named Tamara their Favourite TV Personality (2006-2009), Favourite Weather Personality (2006-2007) and Favourite TV Special Features Reporter (2006-2009). The WestEnder Newspaper Readers' Poll has voted Tamara "Best Weathercaster" and "Favourite Television Personality" (2006 - 2010).
Tamara sits on the board at The Kettle Friendship Society, which provides support and services to mental health consumers in Vancouver -- she is also a board member for the Pacific Parkland Foundation, which raises funds for special projects in regional parks & fosters public awareness of the regional park system. For the past two years Tamara has been a board member for The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. She also supports the Developmental Disabilities Association and The BC Centre for Ability and looks forward to making a positive difference.
On August 21, 2009 Tamara co-hosted with Regis Philbin of Live! With Regis and Kelly in New York City. Tamara was the only Canadian broadcaster picked out of thousands to co-host. An experience of a lifetime, Tamara sat beside Regis for an hour interviewing Renee Zellweger and Geraldo Rivera. That show received a whopping 52% increase in Canadian viewership.
During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Tamara was the National Weathercaster for CTV.
Tamara and two close friends opened EiO: A Kids Store in Vancouver - yet another creative outlet for this busy mom who loves talking to other parents about what they find works for their own families.
Tamara and her husband David welcomed their son Beckett into the world on August 2, 2007, daughter Zoë arrived on September 24, 2008 and daughter Poppy arrived on August 16, 2010. They also share their home with their Airedale terrier, Stanley. In her spare time Tamara enjoys gardening, shopping and playing outside with her family.