Susan Ponting – Senior Executive Producer and Showrunner

Susan Ponting

Susan Ponting began her journalism and reporting career with Shaw Cable 10 where she won two Canadian Cable Producers Awards. After seven years working with Shaw TV, Susan moved on to print media working with Metroland Media, the Toronto Star https://www.thestar.com/life/2007/04/14/smashing_stereotypes.html, North of the City Magazine, Canadian Jewish News https://www.cjnews.com/news/health/physician-part-jewish-mystic-part-gynecologist, MediaEdge, Huffington Post, and others.

 

After writing and reporting in the print world, she returned to television, as a reporter/producer on ListenUP! Lorna Dueck’s first syndicated program. While working with Lorna she was also a freelance reporter and writer with CBC Radio https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/concert-combines-music-and-painting-1.372641, Global Television Network, CTV’s CanadaAM, and The Canadian Press.

 

After working in mainstream media, and having learned the skills of PR and events working with her father’s company, Susan went on to the actor’s union – ACTRA http://actramagazine.ca/archive/ACTRAMagazine-2007fall.pdf where she further honed her skills in public relations and communications. Susan produced events such as the ACTRA Award of Excellence to Kiefer Sutherland https://www.pressreader.com/canada/ottawa-citizen/20070926/281569466354063 and others.

 

Susan started her own business and began integrating her media and journalism experience into PR and corporate communications representing qualified, independent experts, filmmakers, directors, musicians, actors, and products.

 

In August, 2016 Susan returned to television once again to work with Lorna Dueck at Context Beyond the Headlines as Senior Executive Producer and Showrunner.

 

In 2019, Susan and her team, including Hannah Vanderkooy produced a documentary with a group of filmmakers who, along with Lorna Dueck traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the terrorist church bombings that took place on Easter Sunday – the documentary is called: Sri Lanka: Faith Under Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OtVP8ajsUM

 

Susan’s passion is to bring stories of humanity – and to show God’s love in all areas of the news – and to take a breather every once in a while to see the beauty inside all of us – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xr2Squwv-M

 

Susan is also passionate about working with her dynamic and innovate team including long time colleague and friend, (who Susan started with when Lorna first began ListenUP 20 years ago), Director Darren Kaulback, Anchor, Maggie John, and in studio Director Kelvin Mazik. Editor extraordinaire, Ayman Rozik, and our incredible team of producers including Faten AlFaraj, Hannah Vanderkooy, Katrina de Schiffert, Samantha Zeffer, Christine Yoo, Kristina Evanov, Jacky Habib, and all of the in studio production crews and camera and sound people.

Our former CEO and Executive Producer Lorna Dueck is the reason this show is still in production – and of course – God’s mighty blessings and guidance, and the prayer and support of our donors and viewers.

Susan graduated from Ryerson’s journalism program in 2004, and also has a certificate in Strategic Communications from the University of Toronto. An avid reader, she loves bird watching in the backyard with her husband Ron. She is also a singer/songwriter and has released three albums of original music: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAMMeuYaGK2qJDlPfcKSnmg

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