An atyp­i­cal mil­len­nial

Cara Stern on land­ing her dream job and work­ing with Steve Paikin

Richmond Hill Post - - LIFE - by Darcy Stre­it­en­feld

Cara Stern is not your av­er­age mil­len­nial.

While many her age are strug­gling to es­tab­lish their ca­reers, suc­cess has come quickly to this hard-work­ing 20some­thing.

At the age of 26, Stern has al­ready worked with a num­ber of lead­ing news­mak­ers, from in­tern­ships with the CBC in Ot­tawa and in Lon­don, England, to gigs at the Cana­dian Jewish News and now TVO.

When rem­i­nisc­ing about her time at West­mount Col­le­giate in Thorn­hill, Stern is the first to dub her­self one of the nerdy kids.

Mu­sic was a cen­tral as­pect of her life in those days.

As the head of the mu­sic coun­cil and a trom­bone and pi­ano player, she was, as she fondly re­counts, a band geek.

It was her in­volve­ment in the school ra­dio sta­tion, pro­duc­ing a show on West­mount Ra­dio One, that would lead her to her ca­reer.

“Ev­ery year I had a dif­fer­ent idea of what I wanted to do with my life,” says Stern.

Broadcasti­ng and jour­nal­ism were the pas­sions that en­dured be­yond any ado­les­cent fick­le­ness. Her love of jour­nal­ism was some­thing she de­cided to carry for­ward.

She went on to Car­leton Univer­sity in Ot­tawa where she

stud­ied jour­nal­ism and started to build to­ward the im­pres­sive ca­reer she has now.

Dur­ing an ex­change year in Scot­land, she was tipped off to an in­tern­ship op­por­tu­nity in Lon­don, England, with the CBC.

It was dur­ing this stint that she pol­ished her en­vi­able work ethic. No mat­ter the task, Stern says she would jump in and help.

Whether it was fact-check­ing, re­search, writ­ing or even get­ting a cof­fee, she treated ev­ery duty as a top-level pri­or­ity.

Stern al­ways loved be­ing the “unseen hand” be­hind the news sto­ries that could reach a na­tion. This love of be­hind-the-scenes jour­nal­ism led her back to tele­vi­sion broadcasti­ng.

It took a fair bit of time and en­ergy net­work­ing to get on TVO’s radar and land the job she cur­rently has as a pro­ducer for The

Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Stern made sure that all the right peo­ple knew that she re­ally wanted to be there, and it paid off when TVO called her in to in­ter­view for a job that she hadn’t even for­mally ap­plied for yet.

She couldn’t be hap­pier with where she’s ended up. Stern is well sup­ported and en­cour­aged by her pro­duc­tion team and the show’s host, Paikin.

She is proud to be a part of the many cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries we see play out on The Agenda.

“The most im­por­tant thing that I‘ve learned is to be per­sis­tent. Meet as many peo­ple as you can. Learn from as many peo­ple as you can. Be will­ing to do any­thing to show that you’re will­ing to do any­thing to get where you want to go,” she says of all her ac­crued suc­cess.

“Ev­ery year I had a dif­fer­ent idea of what I wanted to do with my life.”

Stern says she loves the be­hind the-scenes side of jour­nal­ism

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