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 2017 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 have chaired the “Hope Starts Here” campaign for BC Women’s Hospital, which raised $17 million for a new Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Tamara is also the chair for BC Cancer’s Inspiration Gala, which has so far raised $28 million for cancer research and cancer care in British Columbia. She also sits on the boards at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, The Kettle Friendship Society and the Pacific Parkland Foundation. 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.
In 2015, Tamara was invested into the Order of BC for her volunteer work on health care, the well-being of children and people with disabilities. The Order of BC recognizes individuals who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavor benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere.
In 2014, Tamara spoke at TEDx. Her presentation, entitled Two Conversations that Changed My Life, compares how doctors spoke negatively while revealing her baby’s Down syndrome yet were positive and encouraging when they gave her a cancer diagnosis. This talk has struck a chord with medical professionals and universities around the world. It has been viewed more than 250,000 times.
Tamara is the recipient of many broadcasting awards, including the 2014 Broadcaster of the Year Award by the BC Association of Broadcasters.
Tamara and her husband David Genn have three children – son Beckett and daughters Zoë and Poppy. They also share their home with George, their Airedale Terrier, their two rescue cats Broccoli and Brussel Sprout and their guinea pig Matisse. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys gardening, interior design, planning parties and getting outside with her family. Tamara's growing family has provided lots of great content for her website.