Snowbirds’ crash victim was former broadcaster

A mission intended to inspire Canadians sheltering-in-place turned tragic in Kamloops, BC Sunday afternoon claiming the life of former broadcaster Capt. Jenn Casey.

Casey was both a pilot and the public affairs spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Originally from Halifax, she graduated from the University of King’s College Journalism program in 2009 and was hired as a producer and lineup editor at Rogers’ News 95.7 (CJNI-FM). After four years there, she went on to work briefly as a reporter and anchor at Quinte Broadcasting’s stations in Belleville, ON before joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a public affairs officer in 2014. She’d been with the Snowbirds since late 2018.

Sunday evening, Casey’s former colleagues were trying to process the news, including News 95.7 managing editor Dan Ahlstrand, who posted that he was “totally devastated.”

As recently as Apr. 30, Casey had done an interview with News 95.7 talk show host Sheldon MacLeod to promote the Snowbirds’ cross-Canada tour.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessenhttps://broadcastdialogue.com
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 - corrections@broadcastdialogue.com

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