CNN’s Michaela Pereira, Formerly with CHEK, to Receive Honorary Degree


by Katherine Dedyna, Victoria Times Colonist 

May 6, 2015


Michaela Pereira on the set of the CNN morning program New Day. The broadcaster got her start at CHEK.   Photograph By Edward M. Pio Roda/CN

CNN broadcaster Michaela Pereira, who got her start at CHEK-TV, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from Thompson Rivers University (of Kamloops) next month. The degree recognizes Pereira’s philanthropy, identity struggle as an adopted child and advocacy for underprivileged youth.

The co-host of CNN’s morning show New Day has won several Emmy Awards. Hired by CHEK in 1994 while working as a medical receptionist, she was described as “a natural” by CHEK elder statesman Gordie Tupper. Pereira worked at the station for four years, eventually landing in Los Angeles for nine years, anchoring at KTLA.

Last year, Pereira, 44, shared her story of being a bi-racial baby among five daughters adopted by a Prairie couple. Her four sisters, adopted as children, were First Nations. To read more about Pereira’s search for her roots, visit

The degree will be presented on June 10.

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