Francesca Fionda is an investigative reporter and regular contributor at The Tyee.
She’s worked with national teams and locally-driven outlets, and loves learning deeply about a topic and connecting with communities. Her past stories have uncovered unsafe lead in water at daycares, exposed government failures in protecting sensitive health information and revealed new data on Canada’s mobile workforce. One 10-part series revealed the amount of fake Indigenous art being sold in Vancouver tourist spots, leading the Craft Council of BC to launch an audit of stores on Granville Island, and some retailers to adapt their models.
Fionda’s a first-generation settler of Filipino and Italian ancestry. Being half-Filipino and half-Italian means she loves sharing big meals with lots of people conversing loudly around a table. When she isn’t reporting or teaching journalism at the BCIT, UBC or KPU, she’s trying to find her way out of an escape room.
She currently lives, reports and teaches on the the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Stó:lō Nations. Find her on Twitter @FrancescaFionda.