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Deb Hope passes at 67

Postby cart_machine » Mon May 15, 2023 12:39 pm

Mention should be made here of the passing of Deb Hope, former noon-hour anchor at BCTV.
She was the local boss at United Press Canada in the early '80s before, if I remember right, moving to the Vancouver Sun and then into the electronic media.
Alzheimer's has claimed her at age 67.

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Re: Deb Hope passes at 67

Postby radiofan » Mon May 15, 2023 1:39 pm

Deb Hope, former Global BC anchor and reporter, passes away

By Amy Judd Global News Posted May 15, 2023 11:30 am Updated May 15, 2023 12:38 pm

Deb Hope, a former anchor and reporter at Global BC, has died at the age of 67.

For two generations, Hope was one of the most iconic faces in B.C.

She read the news at noon, 5 p.m., and, eventually, BCTV’s top-rated flagship 6 p.m. broadcast, usually alongside Tony Parsons.

She also had one of the most famous laughs anywhere.

Hope retired in 2014, and was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which eventually led to her living in a nursing home.

She no longer recognized her husband, Roger, daughters Katherine and Roxanne, or any other family members.

When Hope joined Global in 1981, the station wasn’t even called Global BC, it was still known as BCTV.

Born in Trail, she left when she was 18 to attend the University of British Columbia, and it was there she got her first taste of journalism by reading newscasts on the campus radio station, CITR, and writing for the Ubyssey newspaper.

She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in French, then moved to Carleton University in Ottawa where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honours.

There, she began working for The Canadian Press wire service as a junior reporter, but longed to return to her home province.

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