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If you'd like a one-on-one visit or phone call, please get in touch with department chair Effie Klein, eklein@langara.bc.ca. For more information about Journalism at Langara, please visit our program page and  Facebook page, where students and grads post information about journalism issues, about jobs, and about life. 

Erica Bulman Department Chair

Phone: 604.323.5877
Email: ebulman@langara.ca

Erica Bulman is a journalist and newsroom leader with 20 years of journalistic experience, locally and internationally. After freelancing for several years in Europe in the mid 1990s, she was hired by the The Associated Press as a European Roving Correspondent based out of the wire agency's UN bureau in Switzerland. There she worked as an international sports reporter as well as covered the activities of United Nations agencies and affiliated organizations, as well as breaking news stories such as the 1998 Swissair 111 crash, the Korean peace talks and the Nazi Gold / Swiss banks scandal. In 2008, she returned to Canada to spearhead the Olympic News Service for Vancouver 2010, where, among other things, she trained 120 junior reporters over two years. After the Olympics, Erica became a senior reporter, and later Editor-in-Chief, of 24 hours Vancouver.

Effie Klein Assistant Chair

Phone: 604.323.5395
Email: eklein@langara.ca

Effie has worked in television newsrooms (BCTV, CKVU, Global and CTV) since 1987 as an editor, associate producer, documentary writer/producer, and online content producer. She has received awards for some her documentaries and some of her editing work, the most recent of which include an RTDNA in 2012 and a Webster in 2018. She previously taught journalism at BCIT.

Petti Fong Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 3564
Office: A291f
Email: pfong@langara.ca

Peg Fong is the Vancouver correspondent for the Economist Magazine and was formerly a staff reporter at three of the largest daily newspapers in Canada, most recently as the western bureau chief for the Toronto Star. She was a reporter at the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun and the CBC in Vancouver. She co-founded two news site www.critterfiles.com and www.vacay.ca and www.vacaynetwork.com 

Neil Amsler Instructional Assistant Journalism

Phone: 604.323.5415
Office: A227e
Email: namsler@langara.ca

Kim Bolan Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5876
Office: A291c
Email: kbolan@langara.ca

Kim is an award-winning reporter for The Vancouver Sun, where she has worked since 1984. She currently covers gangs and organized crime and runs the popular anti-gang blog The Real Scoop. Kim has covered the biggest criminal cases in B.C. history from the Air India bombing to serial killer Robert Pickton to the Surrey Six gangland slaying. Her work over the years has taken her to wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central America and repeatedly to northern India to investigate the Air India bombing. Her book on the bombing, “Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder,” won the Dafoe Book Prize and was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize and the Edna Staebler Award. Kim graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s journalism program after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. 

Frances Bula Assistant Department Chair

Phone: 604.323.5876
Office: A291c
Email: fbula@langara.ca

Frances is a leading journalist in Vancouver, specializing in urban issues and city politics. She freelances for the Globe and Mail, Vancouver magazine, BC Business, and other publications, after having spent two decades as the education and city-hall reporter at the Vancouver Sun. She was the city columnist for Vancouver magazine from 2008-2015, where her work has earned “best column” at both the Western Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards. As well, she runs a popular blog and is a political commentator for CKNW, CBC, and Radio-Canada. Frances has been teaching journalism for 23 years.

Richard Lam Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2038
Email: rlam@langara.ca

Jennifer Leask Instructor

Phone: TBA.
Office: A291f
Email: jleask@langara.ca

Barry Link Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2325
Office: A291b
Email: blink@langara.ca

Barry Link graduated from Langara two decades ago and jumped into a newspaper career involving the Medicine Hat News, the Vancouver Courier and community and weekly papers throughout the Lower Mainland as an award-winning reporter, columnist and editor. An early online enthusiast, he authored the tech column The Practical Geek and as editor led the Courier to develop web, social media and video journalism, including hosting live online civic election coverage and debates. More recently, he developed Glacier Media’s first podcasts and worked as editor of the online news site The Tyee.

Matt O'Grady Instructor - NT

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2507
Office: A291d
Email: mogrady@langara.ca

Matt O’Grady is an award-winning communications professional who has held senior leadership positions at both regional and national media companies. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of BCBusiness magazine twice—from Mar. 2008 to May 2011, and Jan. 2014 to Nov. 2016—during which time the magazine was nominated for several National Magazine Awards, as well as a Jack Webster Award for excellence in journalism. He has also worked for The Globe and Mail in both Toronto and Vancouver, mostly recently running their west coast operations as British Columbia Bureau Chief.

Matt has deep ties within the Vancouver media community, having served as an editor at Vancouver magazine and Western Living, worked as an online editor for CBC British Columbia, and taught non-fiction writing, editing and magazine production courses at Langara, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University. He currently represents the publishing industry as board director for Creative BC.

Alexandra Samur Instructor

Office: A291e
Email: asamur@langara.ca

Alexandra Samur has worked as a writer, editor and digital producer for more than a decade. She joined the Langara Journalism program in 2011 and launched both The Voice Online, the digital edition of the Voice newspaper, and the program’s first digital journalism classes, which she still teaches today.

Her background is in online and advocacy journalism; Alex’s work has appeared in print, online and broadcast for outlets including The Tyee, rabble.ca, BC Living, BC Business, Enterprise, Adbusters and CBC Radio. She also moonlights as a content creator for business and non-profit clients including Slack, Hootsuite and Emily Carr University.

Alex is a co-founder and community manager of Girl Gang, the 7,000+ member online network of women working in media, communications and technology. She was also a founding trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund, a grant program designed to help produce bold, new stories and experiments by B.C. journalists.