September 1, 2023 – A little over a year ago, CanadianFilipino.Net reported that Canadian Filipino journalist Ria Renouf has a new media project.
At the time, Renouf, who identifies as Filipino-Canadian or Filipino-Irish-Canadian, had launched New West Anchor, an online publication dedicated to news and features about the B.C. city of New Westmister, as managing editor.
Well, Renouf has a new and additional assignment, and it’s managing editor for Burnaby Beacon.
On August 24, the Burnaby Beacon reported that parent company Overstory Media Group has chosen the Burnaby-raised Renouf to lead the Burnaby Beacon.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” Renouf noted in the report. “I one day hoped to run a publication in the city I grew up in. I can’t wait to show everyone my love for two cities that have had such an impact on my life, and I’m looking forward to giving back to Burnaby through my efforts, too.”
Renouf grew up in The Heights in Burnaby, attended Gilmore Community (Elementary) School, and graduated from Alpha Secondary (now Ecole Alpha Secondary) in 2008.
Renouf continued her post-secondary education in Burnaby. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a joint major in sociology and anthropology in 2013.
She attended the British Columnia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and finished with distinction from the broadcasting and online journalism program in 2015.
Moreover, Renouf earned her journalism stripes at CKNW, Global, and CityNews Vancouver. Her radio, digital, and television experiences won her three journalism awards and seven nominations.
On her website, Renouf recalls that she was born in Ontario. She was raised by her Filipino mother in Burnaby.
“I originally wanted to be a coroner or a social worker; the former was my choice when I graduated from university,” she states. “I applied to BCIT’s Broadcasting & Online Journalism program in 2012 and was one of the last students to get into the 2013 cohort.”
Renouf will continue to manage the New West Anchor.