RTDNA Canada recognizes Linda Swain with an East Region Lifetime Achievement Award

About Linda

Linda was born in Gander and grew up in Montreal where she studied painting and drawing at Concordia University.  

Longing for that sense of belonging, in January of 1989 she packed up her bags, and booked a one-way ticket to Newfoundland.  

She headed for Carbonear, where her family is from, and spurred by her love of music, walked up to 850 CHVO on the top of Saddle Hill, and asked if they had any positions open.  

As luck would have it, a vacancy just opened up in the local two-person newsroom and she got the job.  She worked in Carbonear for two years, both in the newsroom and for a time as a disc jockey, before moving to Gander where she became News Director at CKGA.   

She moved into the VOCM Newsroom in St. John’s in 1995 as a reporter and anchor.  She produced VOCM Niteline, a popular late-night talkshow for a number of years, working with hosts George MacLaren and Bas Jamieson. In 2000 she took over as host, a job she had until 2007 when she shifted back into the newsroom. 

She has covered the province’s political landscape under a succession of twelve premiers, leading years of budget and election coverage and reporting on some of the province’s most significant news events including 911, the Cougar disaster and subsequent inquiry, and the Muskrat Falls inquiry.   

She served as VOCM News Director from 2017 to 2019, and has hosted the news information program On Target for the last four years.   

She is a married to Brad. She is a proud hockey mom with a step daughter and an 11-year-old son.

Highlight Reel

A message from Gerry Phelan

A few words from Linda