Journalist / TV Producer, OMNI TV, Toronto, ON. Born: Tobago.
Jules Elder is a journalist who has worked in radio, television, print and the online environment. From 1978 to 1997, he was the Managing Editor of Share Newspaper, helping to make it one of the largest ethnic newspapers in Canada. Jules joined OMNI TV in 1998 as a Writer/Editor for OMNI News, and on-air commentator for OMNI 1 and OMNI 2; these commentaries are broadcast on OMNI TV across Canada.
In addition to his work at OMNI TV, Jules has been teaching courses and journalism and new media at Centennial College.
Other: Associate Producer for the award-winning OMNI TV show, In the Black; columnist with the Toronto Sun (1998-2004).
Community: Founding member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists; board member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (formerly the Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club.)
Honours: Include, Canadian Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Acheivement Award (2003); ACAA (2003); Sierhey Ziniak (CEJWC) Award.
Education: BA, York University; Diploma, Communication/Journalism, Centennial College; completed studies in radio and television production (New York City).
Favourite book? The Lonely Londoners by Samual Selvon. It captures the immigrant experience.
Favourite quote? “We shall Overcome.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Work for the United Nations.
Who inspires you? Our elders, who have stories and experiences that are inspiring.
Why do you do what you do? Because, as a journalist, I like telling our stories, from our perspectives.