Vancouver broadcaster Kuljeet Kaila passes away after battle with cancer

Vancouver broadcaster Kuljeet Kaila has passed away after undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Kaila, who had most recently been a reporter and anchor with CBC Vancouver, died Sunday morning at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

She had been a fixture on both radio and TV in Metro Vancouver since the late 1990s after graduating from both Columbia Academy’s TV and radio program and the journalism program at Langara College.

Kaila started her broadcasting career in 1998 as a reporter and anchor with News 1130 (CKWX-AM). In 2001, she joined Shaw Cable in Vancouver as an anchor and producer, moving on to CHEK-TV Victoria in 2004. She returned to Vancouver in 2006 as a traffic reporter for 94.5 Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM), Z95.3 (CKZZ-FM) and CISL 650, before joining Shushma Datt’s Sp!ce Radio (CJRJ-AM) as a morning show host in 2010-11. She also did a stint with CTV Vancouver as a weather and traffic anchor, prior to joining CBC Vancouver last year.

“Kuljeet’s grace, strength and positivity during this difficult time was incredible,” Shiral Tobin, Director, Journalism & Programming, CBC British Columbia, wrote in an internal memo to employees on Sunday. “She told me many times how much she loved her time at CBC and working with all of you and how much she appreciated the support you have shown her.”

In addition to her work in broadcasting, Kaila appeared in numerous commercials and television and film projects. She also pursued a passion for event planning and DJing under the banner of her own company, KJ Media.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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