Dave has had a major role in journalism in western Canada. Dave has mentored countless journalists and continues to lead today. He stands for the highest standard of excellence in journalism. Congratulations Dave.
– Fiona Conway, President, RTDNA Canada
A native of Edmonton, Dave Barry graduated from NAIT’s Radio & Television Arts program in 1984.
He took his first position with CKSA radio and television in Lloydminster, Alberta, working initially in master control before moving into the sports department.
In 1989, Dave’s career moved west to CKPG in Prince George, British Columbia. He began in the sports department but moved into news a short time later. During his time as a television reporter, Dave’s stories and documentaries were recognized with several CANPRO awards. In the mid 1990’s, his documentary on the state of medicare in B.C. was recognized with a B.C.A.B. award. And his Russian based documentary on the potential impact of the fledgling Russian lumber industry on Canadian producers, was recognized with a Webster nomination.
In 1999, Dave moved to the provincial government to work as a Communications Co-ordinator with the Ministry of Environment. Two years later, he took on a similar role with the McGregor Model Forest Association.
In the spring of 2003, Dave returned to the CKPG newsroom to anchor the evening television news. He took on the role as the News Director in 2006. During his tenure, the CKPG news team received several regional and national RTDNA Canada awards including the station’s first ‘Best TV Newscast’ – small market, for a series of live evening newscasts from a downtown plaza during the Canada Winter Games in 2015.
In 2018, Dave moved into the role of News Director with CFJC in Kamloops.
Throughout his career, Dave has been an advocate of community involvement. He has served on many community groups from Big Brothers/Big Sisters to the Integris Credit Union Board of Directors.
Dave and Colleen Barry have been married for 34 years and have two children, Kim and Reg.