Tamara Taggart

Introductions and Career Beginnings

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Tamara Taggert is a Canadian broadcaster. She was born May 2, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended BCIT in Burnaby, British Columbia for college and studied Broadcast Communications. She graduated in 1991, along with popular Vancouver sports broadcaster John Shorthouse. It wasn't until 1997 that she reached a recurring role on CIVT-TV, which was known at "Vancouver Television" at the time. CIVT-TV is the only full-fledged CTV station in British Columbia, and also the only in the Pacific Time Zone.

Taggert began by presenting the community calendar, and then progressed to co-host the morning breakfast show. Later she was promoted to the evening news entertainment role. In 2001 she chose to present at the weather desk, where she remained for nine years. She was awarded the "Best TV Weather Person" award by Georgia Straight's Annual Reader's Poll. She was also  In January of 2011, she transferred to the news desk.

Multi-platform Success

In addition to her CIVT-TV work experience, she hosted the home renovation show Love it or Lose It for two seasons that aired on HGTV (the Home and Garden Network.) She was nominated for a Leo award in 2005 for "Best Host, Lifestyle Series" for the show. She appeared on several television series such as Robinson Arms, Cold Squad, and Touching Evil. She also was in films such as Antitrust, Josie and the Pussycats, Halloween: Resurrection and Along Came a Spider. 

Taggert was named "Woman of the Year" in 2003 at the Consumer's Choice Awards. She has appeared on the cover of TV Week Magazine seven times.

The Beginnings and Endings of the CTV-TV Journey

On December 8, 2010, it was announced that Taggert would co-anchor the CTV News at Six alongside Mike Killeen. They were preceeded by longtime anchors Pamela Martin and Bill Good who announced their resignation together on December 7, 2010. Tamara and Mike had their first broadcast on January 3, 2011 and spent seven years working together with a supportive and enthusiastic viewership. On April 9, 2018, Taggert and Killeen were shockingly synonymously fired from CTV. 

"This refresh is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to deliver the most trusted breaking news and valuable context behind the most significant stories of the day.", Les Staff, the news director at CTV announced. "Mike and Tamara are consummate professionals, and we wish them the very best on what's to come", Staff said.

Many viewers were furious and took to Twitter to comment their disapproval. "The ONLY reason I watched @CTVVancouver was for @tamarataggart and @Mike_Killeen" one user, @socialsgoddess, wrote. "Horrible decision @CTVVancouver. You lost a family of viewers today." @chris24nelson added "Hey @CTVVancouver I am done with you. @Mike_Killeen and @tamarataggart were the LAST and ONLY reason I tuned in to your station."

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Sharing her personal life and difficult experiences openly with viewers has earned her widespread respect and support.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 2 May, 1968
Age: 51 yrs
Occupations: Journalist
Citizenship: Canada
Birth Place: Vancouver
Education: British Columbia Institute of Technology
Gender: Female
Description: Canadian meteorologist
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Last Modified: Jun 26 2020
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