Donaldson CBC News scholarship for UBC journalism’s Anusha Kav

Anusha KavSecond-year student Anusha Kav has been awarded a 2022 Joan Donaldson CBC News scholarship.

The paid four-month scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious for Canadian journalism students. She will be working at the CBC Toronto location on two shows, Q with Tom Power and The Fifth Estate.

For her regional placement, she will be back in her hometown at CBC Edmonton, where she spent her summer internship last year. 

Eleven other students from journalism programs across Canada received the scholarship this year. Recipients get hands-on experience in all areas of multi-platform news, including digital, radio and television. They can work behind the scenes, on-air, or both.

‘Beyond excited’

“I am so thrilled to be one of the CBC’s 2022 Joan Donaldson Scholars and be part of the CBC team again,” said Kav, a writer and journalist with a passion for personal storytelling and covering issues of gender, race, and representation.

“Working with the CBC at the national level is an honour and I am beyond excited to be a part of such a fantastic team and cohort of scholars and to have the dream opportunity to work on some of the most insightful and influential programs in the country,” she said.

Kav has experience in audio and written storytelling, covering a range of topics including arts and culture, women’s health, politics, the opioid crisis, and protests. Her work has been featured at both the local and national level, appearing in the CBC, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and more.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from the University of Alberta where she minored in Women’s and Gender Studies. She developed an immense curiosity about how we consume, enjoy and critique media—from news to social media trends to popular culture like film and television—which ultimately brought her to journalism.

She holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council scholarship to fund her Master’s research on identity and representation in television political news comedy shows. 

Recipients of the Donaldson Scholarship are chosen based on their academic performance and commitment to public service journalism. Last year, alum Alejandrina Alvarez Debrot received the scholarship and went on to work for CBC News at its Toronto newsrooms. 

The Joan Donaldson scholarship was founded in 1999 in recognition of Joan Donaldson, the founder of CBC Newsworld, now the CBC News Network.