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Joe Perkins

CTV News at 5 Anchor

Ask Joe where the greatest place to live is and he’ll gladly (and quickly) tell you: Vancouver Island. Fiercely proud of Victoria, but having grown up on the mean streets of Vancouver's west side (commence eye roll), it didn't take much for Joe's hometown allegiance to shift west of the Georgia Straight. A couple of Dallas Road walks will do that to a person, he says.

Joe's been a fixture on the CTV Vancouver Island team since 2011. He's been a reporter, a weekend anchor, and is now the anchor of CTV Vancouver Island at 5 as well as host of the Noon Show on CFAX 1070. 

As a reporter, Joe's work has earned the station multiple RTDNA awards at the regional and national level. From investigative work to breaking news and lighthearted features, Joe is a versatile storyteller. He enjoys covering municipal and provincial politics as well as the lighter side of news, stories he routinely refers to as "talkers." 

One of his more memorable reports remains his coverage of two intoxicated university students who stole a bag of BBQ chips from a garage. Dubbed "The BBQ Chip Bandits" the story barely made it to air (Joe admits its newsworthiness was questionable at best). The piece went on to earn international attention as well as a RTDNA for feature reporting. To this day, he still can't understand why it was it was even nominated.

In addition to his on-air work, Joe prides himself in contributing in the community. Whether he's emceeing an event or fundraiser, serving breakfast for elementary students, or cycling the 1,200 kilometre length of Vancouver Island as a member of the Canadian Cancer Society's Tour De Rock, Joe is a strong believer in helping others.

When he’s not working you’ll often find Joe spending time with family and friends. He’s currently trying to attend an NHL game (alongside his father) in every rink in the league. Joe’s a passionate pizza maker who likes a good book, a sunny patio, and a local beverage (coffee in the morning, something with hops at night). 

And remember, if you need to know where the greatest place to live is, Joe says he'll happily help you figure it out.

Awards

  • 2016 RTDNA National Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature for "Benches"
  • 2016 RTDNA Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature for "Benches"
  • 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award - Best Feature Reporting for "Rudy and His Cars"
  • 2013 RTDNA Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature for "BBQ Chip Bandits"

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - University of Victoria (Victoria, BC)
  • Broadcasting Diploma - BCIT (Vancouver, BC)