Anchor/Reporter, OMNI News: Mandarin Edition
Bowen Zhang has been an anchor and reporter for OMNI News: Mandarin Edition since 2004, when he moved to Canada. He says that working at OMNI has given him the opportunity to discover Canada and utilize its freedom of speech.
Born in Anhui, China, Bowen Zhang comes from a family who values knowledge and education. As a young boy the world news was readily available to him. His father, whom at the time was headmaster/principal in the local school, would bring home several newspapers for Bowen to read everyday and on the weekends, five to 10 papers and magazines were delivered to his home. His parents encouraged Bowen to read them all. Later, Bowen graduated from the Communication University of China (previously Beijing Broadcasting Institute) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in broadcasting, journalism and mass communications.
Bowen started his career as news anchor and producer at various Asian television networks in China. During this time he won three national awards for broadcasting and specialized news programs. In 2001, he took some time off to study and travel the United States and UK. With a natural passion for news, he has interviewed many politicians and has anchored many significant live events.
Within the community Bowen has been host to many events held by organizations such as S.U.C.C.E.S.S, Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS, ITM Model Contest to raise money for BC Cancer Agency and Youth2Youth Society. Bowen has been a recipient of the City of Vancouver award for his involvement in the community from 2005-2009.
Advice to those in quest of a career in television, Bowen states: “You have to have a passion for the subject you are covering; you have to have the motivation to follow your dream; you have to maintain your professionalism at all times; and you have to give back to the community.”
Reporter/Host, OMNI News: Mandarin Edition
Lisa Wu is a reporter/anchor for OMNI News: Mandarin Edition as well as the host of a health segment and a sports and entertainment segment.
Born in Nanjing, China, Lisa Jin Wu immigrated to Canada in 1998 where she settled into her newfound home in Vancouver. After obtaining a bachelor degree in computer science, and diploma in business management and Immigration, Lisa worked as a registered immigration consultant and managed a China-headquartered Canadian investment company for several years. Shortly after in 2004, Lisa pursued her journalism career as a news announcer and talk show host with a local radio station in Vancouver.
Here at OMNI Lisa has many career highlights, among them include: broadcasting live in Mandarin at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, the 2009 Jack Webster Award Best Reporting-Chinese Language Finalist and receiving the opportunity to experience a diverse culture and a variety of new challenges on a day-to-day basis.
Lisa is actively involved within her community hosting such events as the SUCCESS Walk with the Dragon, a variety of Chinese New Year Celebration Parties and participating in many community cultural events. She has also been in close discourse with Vancouver Fashion Week’s Chinese designers, renowned filmmakers, actors, directors etc.
A piece of advice that Lisa offers for those interested in a career with television is to “believe in yourself, be persistent, and have fun!”
Reporter/Writer: OMNI News Mandarin Edition
Tina Song has been a reporter since 2006. She joined OMNI News in 2011 as a reporter and writer.
Tina finished her bachelor degree with a Communication major and Linguistic minor at Trinity Western University, and obtained a TESL certificate as well.
Long before she was a full-time journalist, she had been an intern reporter/anchor for the news program at a local radio station during her academic studies. She started her career as a reporter with a bi-weekly Chinese newspaper in 2006 and she fell in love with journalism immediately. In February 2008, she brought her career to a whole new altitude by joining Sing Tao Newspaper. That same year in November, along with all of her colleagues, she won the Jack Webster Award for their reporting on the Sichuan Earthquake. Meanwhile, she also participated in major event coverage including the 2010 Winter Olympics, federal, provincial and municipal elections among other stories. With her passion, Tina is dedicated to being a compelling reporter and story teller. Tina has set foot into the world of broadcast journalism, ready to face any new challenges in front of her.
While working at OMNI, all of the knowledge and skills that she accumulated during the various working experiences at radio and press has paid off. As a proud member of the OMNI Mandarin News Team, Tina is determined to honor her team by continuously delivering the most objective, critical and independent insight to all viewers.
Producer, OMNI News: Mandarin Edition
A well-known columnist, featured in major newspapers across Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and North America. Guo’s experience is impressive; special correspondent for “China Times” – Tokyo, “World Journal” – Taipei, Taiwan, Sing Tao Daily – Vancouver, “Ming Pao Monthly” and “Asian Weekly” – Hong Kong. Guo was also host and commentator of “Taiwan Strait and Three Places” - Talentvision TV, Vancouver, and radio journalist – CBC Radio International, Radio Hong Kong, Fairchild Radio, FM96.1 – Vancouver. He is a respected opinion leader, researcher and has published several books on modern history, politics, immigration issues and international affairs.
News Manager, OMNI BC
Bhupinder was appointed News Manager of OMNI BC in January of 2011. Since joining OMNI in 2004, he has worked as an assignment editor, producer, reporter and commentator.
Over the years, Bhupinder has been the leader in developing and executing OMNI BC’s special coverage. Most notably, he has planned and coordinated OMNI’s Election coverage as well as coverage of the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games. While primarily working behind the scenes, he has also appeared on-air during OMNI News providing coverage and insight on a number of issues ranging from politics, crime and sports. Bhupinder also served as the play-by-play voice of OMNI’s coverage of the Canadian Men's and Women's Olympic Hockey teams during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Bhupinder is a well-respected journalist who takes pride in serving the Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi communities by providing quality and informative news coverage for all of OMNI's viewers. Since taking the helm as News Manager, OMNI BC has captured the Jack Webster Award for Best Reporting in Chinese in 2011 and 2012. He is also responsible for OMNI News Punjabi National Edition, Canada's only national newscast covering the Punjabi community.
Bhupinder is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association and the BCIT Broadcast Advisory Council. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a winner of the Rogers Business Impact award.