Jo-Ann Roberts is an award-winning, veteran journalist. She began her career as a TV and radio reporter in Saint John, NB. She was a host on CBC Radio for 20 years, 10 years with Information Morning in Moncton and then 10 years on the other side of the country as the host of the afternoon show for Vancouver Island. She covered the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and received a national award for being part of the team covering the Stanley Cup Riots.
She is an expert on public broadcasting and has taught at the university level and provided workshops on media literacy. She has also worked in communications in Sackville, NB, and Winnipeg, MB, where along with two partners, she owned and operated MRC, a media relations and training company.
Jo-Ann was a candidate for the Green Party in Victoria in the last federal election. Since then she continues to work on issues affecting climate change, housing, democratic reform and income inequality. After her career in broadcasting she was the Community Relations and Advancement Consultant for Threshold Housing Society, serving homeless youth, and served as a board member of The Victoria Foundation, Literacy Victoria and Mount St. Mary Hospital.
Jo-Ann now lives in Halifax with her husband Ken Kelly, an urban planner. They have four children and one grandchild.