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Ryan Jespersen

Host

Ryan’s fascination with broadcast journalism was born during a chance meeting with legendary newsman Peter Jennings at the Winter Olympics in 1988. Years later, Ryan held various positions in newspaper and radio before joining the Citytv team in 2005.

Some of Ryan’s most memorable BT moments include interviewing Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon and Richard Lewis, fighting MMA star Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford, racing paralympic gold medalist Vivian Forest on his snowboard and rappelling down the 31-storey Sutton Place Hotel. Ryan enjoys the live, eclectic format of Breakfast Television.Whether he’s getting his hands dirty in the BT studio or featuring Albertans doing humanitarian work in Ethiopia, Ryan loves to tell a good story.

A true Alberta boy, Ryan grew up in a “small city” south of Edmonton. (Despite his status as a born-and-raised Calgarian, Ryan claims a long-time connection to the Capital region, where his extended family has farmed for five generations.) Outside of work, Ryan is a founding member of the Red Deer Jets hockey club. He seizes any and all opportunities to snowboard, golf and SCUBA dive. Ryan has served on several boards, including Edmonton’s NextGen, the Movember Edmonton committee and artsScene Edmonton. In 2009, Ryan was named to Avenue magazine’s inaugural list of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40. Ryan is a big fan of Edmonton’s festivals and an ardent supporter of multiple charities including the Special Olympics, World Vision, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Read-In Week and the Movember movement.

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Bridget Ryan

Live Eye Host

Bridget Ryan started out with this awesome early morning breakfast show back in 2000 as a Live Eye Host. She signed on full time in 2003, and since then, has brought mornings and morning shows to new heights…literally! In 2006, she was the first On-Air Host in Canada to repel LIVE down the side of a 31 story building with the Drop Zone (in support of the Easter Seals), with her camera man by her side. Any given morning Breakfast Television viewers can tune in and see Live Eye Host Bridget Ryan doing anything from learning a new synchronized swimming routine, to barreling down the side of our local ski hill in an effort to break the ‘Fastest Log Roll’

Bridget is committed to doing everything she can to promote those that are the unbelievable angels in our community. She was the Spokesperson for Canadian Liver Foundation and The Kidney Foundation of Canada. She received the AWARD of MERIT in 2009 for her work with the Easter Seals. Since 2008, Bridget has been an Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity (complete with a pink hard hat!) and is a huge supporter of WIN HOUSE. Bridget comes from a performing arts background, so she has put her talents to good work as well. In 2007 Bridget created THE BREAST SHOW with Shannon Tyler, a hilarious musical cabaret, celebrating women’s strength and courage, that continues to be performed across this province, creating awareness as well as a few laughs.

Most recently, Bridget was acknowledged as Edmonton’s WOMAN OF THE YEAR by the 2010 Consumer Choice Awards at the Shaw Conference Centre alongside Kevin Martin, receiving Man of the Year.

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Courtney Theriault

News Anchor

The television bug first bit Courtney in second grade, when he appeared on an obscure French Saskatchewan game show. From there, there was no crowd too small for this suddenly eager performer. Combined with the “news loving” gene he inherited from his parents, a career in broadcasting seemed a mere formality.

Courtney learned his trade at NAIT, before settling into his first gig as a VJ in Fort McMurray. He continued to hone his craft in Cold Lake, before returning to his hometown of Lloydminster (living in Saskatchewan, working in Alberta). There, he was a veritable jack of all trades, shifting from VJ to Sports anchor before taking over lead News anchor and producing duties for the supper hour cast. His biggest break came when he was welcomed into the City family in late 2012, and he has never looked back.

Courtney has had the great privilege of experiencing a wide array of moments while donning his journalistic cap in the City of Champions. Some of the stories he has covered first hand have been harrowing- both the Hub Mall shootings and the devastating Slave Lake wildfires left an indelible mark. Other tales have catered more to his inner fan boy- covering the arrival of U2 and or the many hours spent in the Oilers’ and Esks’ locker room. But each day brings something new- and he is glad to be at the forefront bringing you these vital and interesting accounts. Courtney has filled up his Canadian passport, having called 5 provinces and 2 territories home. He is an avid bookworm and fitness freak- and a complete pop culture and sports fanatic. He also passionately lends his support to any worthwhile cause- including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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Michele McDougall

Weather Specialist

Michele always wanted a career in television – she even remembers practicing her interviewing skills on her dolls with a hairbrush as a child. Years later, Michele began her career with a position as a television sales exec at CKX, a Brandon television station and within a few months landed a job as weather reporter and talk show host for the station. Michele joined the Citytv team in 2000, working first at Citytv Calgary before joining Edmonton’s Breakfast Television team as weather specialist and host in 2006.

Michele’s favourite part of working for Citytv is reporting the weather and working with the gang at Breakfast Television, both of which keep her on her toes! One of her most memorable moments at Citytv was in 2002, when she was the only local reporter to broadcast from G8, being held in Kananaskis west of Calgary.  As she was doing a live report, US President George Bush jogged past her followed by a herd of elk!

When she’s not at work, Michele spends as much time as she can outdoors. Michele loves to camp, fish, hike and is a fierce supporter of all things green. Michele is proud to be associated with Hope Haven Woman’s Shelter in Lac La Biche and her passion lies in helping to promote the Devin Foundation (Diligently Ending Violence in Neighborhoods) in Edmonton.

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Carla Turner

Entertainment Host

Having lived all over western Canada as a child, Carla grew up loving writing and drama class. Her passion for storytelling paired with her outgoing personality gave her the spark to begin a career in journalism.

Carla started out as a reporter for CKX TV in Brandon, Manitoba after graduating from NAIT’s esteemed Radio and Television program. Returning to Edmonton in 2005, Carla joined Citytv as a production assistant and news writer. She eventually worked her way up to become Breakfast Television’s Traffic and Entertainment Host. She loves working with the talented BT crew and connecting with Edmontonians.

Carla enjoys many hobbies including snowboarding, reading, and baking as well volunteering as a mentor for children with Big Sisters of Canada.