Award-winning journalist Omayra Issa joins CPAC’s team of anchors connecting Canadians to their democracy

Award-winning journalist Omayra Issa joins CPAC’s team of anchors connecting Canadians to their democracy

January 15, 2024

OTTAWA — The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) today announced that award-winning bilingual journalist Omayra Issa will join its team of anchors connecting Canadians to their democracy.

With more than a decade of experience covering the most important issues of the day, Issa brings her passion for storytelling and social media engagement to her new role at CPAC. 

Omayra Issa

As a former national reporter for CBC News, Issa co-created and co-produced the groundbreaking and innovative series Black on the Prairies, which received international recognition and reached an audience of one million people.  Her work led to impactful changes in education policies in Saskatchewan.  The initiative garnered several RTDNA Canada and Digital Publishing Awards.  As a result, Issa became the first Black woman journalist to present the prestigious Kesterton Lecture in Journalism at Carleton University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Omayra’s talent and unique perspective to our team,” said CPAC president and CEO Christa Dickenson.  “An accomplished reporter, Omayra will contribute to supporting CPAC’s mandate in delivering unfiltered access to the voices influencing public policy in Canada.” 

Issa began her career at Radio-Canada in Saskatoon and anchored Téléjournal Saskatchewan. As a seasoned reporter, she has produced compelling content on television, radio and digital platforms in English and French.  She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Women to Watch and nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.  Issa is a former board member of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and continues to mentor early-career journalists.

"We are in pivotal times for political journalism and democracy in Canada.  I’m excited to join the team of anchors and contribute to CPAC’s long tradition of connecting Canadians to the people and events that shape their lives,” Issa said.

Issa will start her new role on January 29, 2024.

About CPAC 

CPAC is an independent, not-for-profit, commercial-free, bilingual media organization that connects Canadians to their democracy.  On our broadcast television channel, website, and social media platforms, CPAC delivers the most comprehensive coverage of the people and events that shape Canadian public policy.  Our core programming includes the complete televised proceedings of Canada’s Parliament and in-depth coverage of key political events and public policy debates.

For media inquiries, please contact Christina Devine, CPAC Manager of Communications and Marketing: or 613-617-8319.