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