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This is a picture of me in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo: by Jillian Delany

This website was created and is built upon to serve as an archive of my work. It’s an online portfolio, a virtual history of my fledgling career, a place where you can see what I’ve done — maybe it will inspire you to hire me in a position with benefits and a pension, or at least give me a contract. Maybe you’ll want to collaborate on a creative project with me, or maybe you need advice or a connection.

I am a trained journalist based out of Whitehorse, Yukon. The base of my work has been for CBC, as a reporter and associate producer. The bulk of my work at CBC has been to produce stories for the daily news cycle, but my passion is to dig in deeper and spend more time with subjects, to tell bigger stories in the form of radio documentaries.

November 28, 2017 was the most exciting day of my career, thus far: a radio documentary that I pitched and produced aired nationally on CBC. It was about Ione Christensen, an 84-year old Yukoner who bakes weekly with a sourdough starter that originated in the late 1800s. It came over the Chilkoot Pass into the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush. It’s been passed down in Ione’s family since that time.

Ione says the most common way to lose a sourdough starter is when a housesitter accidentally throws it out. Hence the label.

Here’s a link to the web story and documentary about the remarkable Ione Christensen and her sourdough starter. Story.

Here’s a link video I shot, that was edited by Julia Pagel of The Doc Project. Video.

Around the same time I was assigned to fly on Air North’s inaugural aurora viewing tour, which had guests from around the world. Here is the story. I shot video of the flight, and used images of the aurora that were shot by photographer Neil Zeller. Philippe Morin edited and voiced the video.

Also at the end of 2017, I was asked to participate in the CBC Indigenous project, Beyond 94. What an honour, one that left me daunted. I took a look at the work the Yukon College is doing to indigenize its campus and the education it offers. Here’s my story, and a video that was shot by me and edited by Tamara Baluja.

Here’s a selfie I took in the bathroom of the St. Elias Convention centre on December 8, 2017. I was in Dakwäkäda (the Southern Tutchone term for what we call Haines Junction ) to cover the Mountain Festival, and to do a story about the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation’s new immersive language program.

Here’s the story about the language program.

2018 opened with a pitch to me, from The Doc Project – producer Tom Howell reached out to ask if I’d do a profile on the Yukon’s burgeoning Muslim community, and their attempt to build the territory’s first mosque. The story rolled out in time to correspond with the first anniversary of the January 29, 2017 shooting at the Quebec mosque. Here’s a link to the documentary and the story.

Shortly thereafter I was offered a two-month communications contract with the Yukon Housing Corporation — I took it! I’ve never been in communications before. I have to admit, I almost cried while my supervisor was explaining to me the routing process that a news release goes through before it’s published. Bureaucracy makes me cry, I guess. I miss the immediacy of reporting. Despite that, I agreed to stay one more month when I was offered an extension. I’ve never made so much money before, and I love being done my shift at 4 pm. I appreciate that, and the perspective I’ve gained through the government position, but I’ve realized I’m not at a place in my life where I’m ready to sacrifice passion for a high wage and consistent hours. Perhaps I never will be. The contract draws to a close at the end of next week (April 20, 2018). I don’t know what I’ll do next, but I’m not worried.

April 2017: I’m currently at CBC Iqaluit in Nunavut, the territory formed by the Inuit people. I didn’t know there was a place in Canada like this, where it blizzards on Easter Sunday and the majority of the population speak Inuktitut. People zip around town on ski doos, and drop off frozen caribou head and narwhal fins at the local CBC station.

Here I am producing the morning show, called Qilliq. It’s been a steep learning curve, given that I’ve never produced before, the show is mostly in Inuktitut, and the broadcast territory spans three time zones. My brain is mush at the end of my shifts. However, I’ve been sleeping incredibly well, and I’m getting the hang of it. We haven’t needed to run a syndicated item in the last ten days, and I can tell that I’m taking the load off the associate producer and station manager. It’s satisfying.

I’m a news reporter and I’ve grown to love that — I love the deadlines and the busy-ness, I love constantly learning, and I love the variety of people I’m exposed to. My dream is to be a radio documentarian, however — it’s why I got into journalism in the first place. I love spending time getting to know subjects and honing stories.

In the meantime, I fill in the gaps by writing creatively, writing brochures, writing year-end reports for NGOs, writing scripts for short films, and writing articles for newspapers and magazines. I am an editor, and I curate websites. I was recently a bartender at Earls. I made drinks with names like Never Ending Head (1 oz apple vodka, 1/2 can Red Bull, 12 oz Keith’s draft, 1 plop of lime slushie. Serve in a refrigerated 10 oz beer mug). Sounds refreshing, eh? I’ll have a position there upon my return, should I need it. Just in time for patio season.