TAMARA TAGGART: MC
Taggart's career in broadcasting started while she was attending BCIT in Burnaby, British Columbia, where she was enrolled in the Broadcast Communications program. She graduated in 1991 and her early work was in radio and concert promotion. However, in 1997, she landed a recurring role on community calendar spots on CIVT-TV (then known as "Vancouver Television"). From there, she moved on to co-host the breakfast show and then, later, the entertainment spot on the evening news.
In 2001, Taggart moved over to the weather desk where she stayed for 9 years. During the station's 5pm, 6pm and 11:30pm newscasts she presented the forecast from CTV's studios as well as various (and numerous) locations around Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. In January 2011, Taggart transferred to the CTV news desk.
Taggart also hosted a home renovation show, Love It or Lose It for two seasons, on the Home and Garden TV network (HGTV).Taggart had minor roles in the films Antitrust, Josie and the Pussycats, Halloween: Resurrection and Along Came a Spider, and on several television series, including Robson Arms, Cold Squad, and Touching Evil.
The Georgia Straight Annual Reader’s Poll named Taggart as Vancouver's "Best TV Weather Person" and "Best TV Personality" in 2002, 2003 and 2004. She was named "Woman of the Year" at the Consumer’s Choice Awards in 2003 and has appeared on the cover of TV Week Magazine seven times. In 2005, Taggart was nominated for a Leo Award for "Best Host, Lifestyles Series" for Love It or Lose It. Taggart has also been featured in Hello Canada in July 2009 and August 2009.
Taggart was married on February 4, 2006, to Juno award-winning guitarist and record producer Dave Genn, formerly of the Matthew Good Band and currently of the band 54-40. Tamara and her husband Dave have a son, Beckett, born August 2, 2007; a daughter, Zoë, born September 24, 2008; and a daughter, Poppy, born August 16, 2010.
Taggart co-hosted Live! with Regis and Kelly for one day on Friday August 21, 2009. Fast forward to December 11, 2018, Taggart announced that she was seeking the Liberal nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway federal riding.