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Tamara Cherry

Videojournalist, CTV News Toronto

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November 2019: Tamara Cherry is no longer with the company.

Tamara Cherry is a videojournalist for CTV News Toronto, specializing in police and crime reporting. Cherry’s network of established contacts within law enforcement, activism, and local Toronto communities enable Cherry to tell the most accurate, timely, and often exclusive stories that affect everyone in the city.

A seasoned Crime Reporter, prior to moving to television reporting and joining CTV News Toronto in January 2011, Cherry covered the crime beat for both the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star.

In 2013, Cherry became the first civilian to be awarded the Peel Regional Police Chief’s Certificate for her ongoing coverage of human trafficking. Cherry has been nominated twice for the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for short feature in a large market: in 2017 for a story about impaired driving, and again in 2019 for a story about the Scarborough playground shooting.

Cherry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Regina. Prescient of Cherry’s future move to CTV, as a student she was the recipient of both a CTV Investigative Journalism Prize and CTV Journalism Scholarship in 2006. Cherry was President and Treasurer of her local chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (2005-2006), where her lifelong commitment to bringing human trafficking to an end was first ignited.

Cherry has since spoken at several human trafficking conferences and has been called on as an expert to discuss human trafficking by national television and radio outlets. Cherry has also been recognized with several media awards for her gritty exposés on this difficult subject.

Cherry is also a part-time professor in the Durham College Victimology program, where she teaches a course she created called Victims and the Impact of the Media.

Hailing from Saskatchewan, Cherry now considers herself a proud Torontonian, having moved to the city in 2006.

She speaks English and conversational Portuguese.