Omayra Issa: Award-Winning Bilingual Journalist Joins CPAC Anchor Team
On January 15th, CPAC announced the addition of Omayra Issa, an award-winning bilingual journalist, to its team of anchors. Issa brings over a decade of experience covering significant issues and a passion for storytelling and social media engagement to her new role at CPAC.
During her tenure as a national reporter for CBC News, Issa co-created and co-produced the groundbreaking series “Black on the Prairies,” which garnered international recognition and reached a wide audience. Her work on the series led to notable changes in education policies in Saskatchewan and earned several prestigious awards, including RTDNA Canada and Digital Publishing Awards. Issa’s accomplishments also led her to become the first Black woman journalist to present the Kesterton Lecture in Journalism at Carleton University.
Christa Dickenson, the president and CEO of CPAC, expressed excitement about Issa joining the team, highlighting her talent and unique perspective. Dickenson emphasized Issa’s role in contributing to CPAC’s mission of providing unfiltered access to the voices shaping public policy in Canada.
Issa’s journalism career began at Radio-Canada in Saskatoon, where she anchored Téléjournal Saskatchewan. Throughout her career, she has produced compelling content across various platforms in both English and French. Issa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Women to Watch and has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Additionally, she has served as a board member for the Canadian Association of Journalists and continues to mentor early-career journalists.
Issa expressed her enthusiasm for joining CPAC during what she referred to as pivotal times for political journalism and democracy in Canada. She aims to contribute to CPAC’s tradition of connecting Canadians to the people and events shaping their lives.
Omayra Issa officially assumed her new role at CPAC on January 29, 2024.