Do you know Kris Reyes of The Morning Show? Did you know she was born in the Philippines and moved to Toronto when she was 9. If you don’t, you should get to know her. A well seasoned Canadian journalist and new mom, has been around since early in 2000s.
Kris Reyes started her career working at CTV News as a freelance producer and writer, before moving on to CTV Winnipeg, reporting and producing and then on to Global Winnipeg as a weekend anchor before relocating back to Toronto. Once back in Toronto, Kris joined CityTV and spent the next 6 years there, showing off her talent. (That is where I remember first seeing her)
After CityTV, Kris took a brief break to travel the world with her husband. When they returned to Toronto she made another career move to The Morning Show on Global.
Here are a few questions Kris Reyes answered for me via email.
1. Over the years, who have some of your mentors been?
Without listing names, I’ve always sought out mentors. I’ve been lucky to have bosses or people within the company I work in to take me on and give advice. I find having a huge age gap makes a great difference. There’s no feeling of competition that gets in the way. I love watching how people navigate their careers and so sometimes I choose a mentor in my head and they may not even know they’re my mentor 🙂
2. What are some of the challenges you have gone through to get to this point?
I’ve moved a lot. In the beginning you get paid very little. You’re constantly having an internal battle about being good enough to be in the position you’re in.
In 2014, Kris became a mom for the first time to a son, Jack. It just so happens I share a birthday with her sweet little boy.
3. How has becoming a mom changed your career? And how do you balance work/life?
There’s no spare moment on most days. I balance work/life by trying not to think about it at all. Some days are great and some are not, I like to think that it all adds up eventually. But I try not to add it up too much!
4. What makes Toronto your home, a place you want to work and live?
It seems like lip service at this point because we hear it so often but Toronto’s diversity is truly unique in the world. So many cultures and races weave together so naturally in the city. It’s the setting I’m most comfortable in.
5. What advice would you give a person who wants a career like yours?
Have as many skills as possible.
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I hope you enjoyed getting to know Kris! I learned so much!!
What a great interview with a lovely, hardworking woman! Especially fun to see a fellow Filipino in the biz. 🙂
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What a cool interview! Is this a new series on local talent? What a great way to learn more about the people we watch every morning. Entirely agree with Kris’ advice to learn as many skills as possible, you never know what doors can open in the future. 🙂
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Great idea, a series on local talent!! Kris is very insightful and has done so much for communities in Toronto.
Wow, I have never heard of Kris but she has surely been through a lot; what an inspiring person!
I was not familiar with Kris Reyes prior to reading your post, she seems like a great, down to earth person. I think all working moms (and dads too) can relate to her goal to “… balance work/life by trying not to think about it at all” Great advice!
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It’s nice to hear the back story to someone who has become successful like that- to know that we all kind of start out similarly- wondering if we’re “good enough”, etc. 🙂
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Great interview!! I love this feature here. Also I agree Toronto is safe and culturally diverse. It is a great spot to raise a culturally diverse family and immerse yourself in multiculturalism. I live in Ontario but my Brother live in Toronto with his wife (who is originally from Japan) Their kids are very well supported in Toronto with the range of classes in language and culture. They wouldn’t get that in many other Ontario cities.
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