CFAX news anchor named 'Broadcaster of the Year'

The British Columbia Association of Broadcasters has named CFAX 1070 news anchor James Gardner 'Broadcaster of the Year.'

The award was announced at the annual BCAB awards in Osoyoos Thursday night. According to the BCAB, Gardner has been honoured for his advocacy and for sharing his journey as a transgendered man on the radio, in newspapers, and broadcasts across Canada, including a story reported by CTV News’ nationally.

“This recognition is most fitting for James, who has demonstrated and shared exceptional courage and professionalism in his career and life,” said Nikki Moffat, President, Local Radio and TV and Senior Vice-President, Finance, Bell Media. “After more than three decades as a broadcaster, James is a familiar voice and a trusted source for listeners in Victoria, and the strength he found in the spotlight to advocate for transgender rights and acceptance has further solidified that relationship. Congratulations on this honour, James!”

Gardner began his career in radio in the late 1970s in Alberta, and later worked in Vancouver for CKWX and CKNW. More recently in 2012, Gardner transitioned from female to male. In 2015, Gardner produced his own personal story titled, MY JOURNEY TO JAMES for CFAX. The documentary has been recognized with multiple RTDNA Awards, and has helped raise awareness about the barriers that the transgendered community faces.

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