ABOUT ME

A multi-platform journalist, Travis Fortnum is currently a member of the Bell Media team in Northern British Columbia. He delivers daily news & community coverage to residents of the Peace Region, in markets including Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson & Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Since moving to the Peace Region to begin his on-air career, Travis has enjoyed creating personal connections, getting the chance to share some of the region’s most compelling stories across a variety of platforms.

As a video-journalist, his reporting can be seen nightly on CJDC-TV, part of the CTV2 network, where he also occasionally serves as the station’s evening anchor.

On radio, Travis’ voice has become a familiar one to area listeners, writing & reading morning news, weather & traffic updates on Bell Media’s local stations (CJDC AM, Sun FM, The Bear).

With a passion for social media, Travis single-handedly conceived, produced & launched the daily “Morning Report,” providing headlines to CJDC-TV’s followers on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. The fast-paced segment has quickly developed a loyal audience.

Travis’ focus & leadership on the newsroom’s online presence has resulted in a noticeable increase in traffic, engagement & reach.

A native of Southern Ontario, Travis began his professional career in journalism working in two of Canada’s largest newsrooms - simultaneously.

What started as an internship, led to a role as a freelance assignment editor & writer with CTV Toronto & CP24. In this capacity, Travis was directly involved in the planning & execution of daily coverage in the country’s biggest media market. 

During his time in Toronto, Travis quickly established a reputation as a skilled researcher & chaser, helping to set the stations’ news agendas.

Some of the stories he covered included the murders of billionaire couple Barry & Honey Sherman, the arrest of serial killer Bruce McArthur, the Yonge/Danforth attacks, along with provincial & municipal election campaigns.

Travis is a graduate of Durham College’s journalism program, where he was the recipient of several awards. As part of his program, he was selected to travel abroad to Peru, for work on a documentary & series. His written work has also been published in several community newspapers.

EDUCATION

2015-2017

Durham College

I began studying journalism in the fall of 2015. It was here I really discovered my passion for press and began developing my skills.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Director of Media, Art & Design (SA Board of Directors)

  • Member of Student Leaders Summit

  • Member of Enactus

  • Member of social fraternity

AWARDS

2017

Best Feature

Durham College Journalism Awards

For an in-depth piece on homophobia in hockey.

2017

Best News Story

Durham College Journalism Awards

For a story on a murder in the city of Oshawa.

2016

Best Entertainment Story

Durham College Journalism Awards

For a profile piece on former Degrassi star Jessica Tyler, who was then a student at Durham College.

 

2016

Best Commentary

Durham College Journalism Awards

For an opinion piece on hookup culture.

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2019