Get to know New West Anchor

Who are the local faces behind New West Anchor?

A view of the Pattullo Bridge/Jonathon Hall

About New West Anchor

New West Anchor was launched in May 2022 by award-winning journalist Ria Renouf. Renouf, who has lived in New West since 2017, was looking for a way to get involved in her community while showcasing her passion for storytelling.

The Anchor is under the umbrella of Overstory Media Group (OMG), a company aligned with Renouf's passions of community, storytelling, and dialogue. The word 'Overstory' refers to the layer of forest vegetation and foliage, often a canopy of trees: we consider ourselves a creative ecosystem, namely, we journalists can't do what we do without our neighbours and community.

Our sister publications include The Georgia Straight, Burnaby Beacon, The Coast in Halifax, and Capital Daily in Victoria—just to name a few.

Meet Ria Renouf

Ria Renouf is the managing editor of New West Anchor

With a decade of experience in major market reporting, anchoring, and hosting, Renouf first got her start at Global News 980/CKNW filing holiday stories as an intern. By early 2014, she was working as a fill-in reporter and was officially offered a job as a morning show news anchor; that was followed by the assignment editor chair months after that. She left the station in May 2018 to give public relations a try but returned to radio a few months later, accepting a job at CityNews Vancouver. She anchored the station's popular afternoon drive show for nearly three years. By 2021, she was reporting for CityNews Vancouver's TV side.

Renouf is a seven-time nominated news anchor and reporter, winning two Edward R. Murrow awards and a Radio Television Digital National Award for her radio anchoring and writing at CityNews in Vancouver. Much of what she's been nominated for highlights her calm and informative approach to breaking news, including Christy Clark's resignation as the leader of the BC Liberal party, the fatal 2019 Peace Arch Border crash, first reports of the border closure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol.

When she's not writing and reporting on all things New West, you can find this downtown resident exploring the city with her husband, Jon.

Meet Eva Costantino

Eva Costantino takes care of New West Anchor's social media platforms

Eva is a writer, editor, and digital marketing specialist whose work has been featured in the Financial Post, BNN Bloomberg, IR Magazine, Lifehouse Labs, CSE Magazine and Absolute Software.

She joined OMG’s team as a social media and content manager and will be working closely with New West Anchor to tell the city’s stories and collaboratively create and deliver data-driven content strategies and insights.

Outside of work, Eva loves hanging out with her family and is obsessed with her bernedoodle, Winston. She was born in Poland and loves visiting her family as well as exploring other parts of Europe. Lastly, and also, importantly, she’s a big fan of beer: lagers, IPAs and stouts.

Connect with Eva over Twitter.