Faiza Zia Khan graduated with a Masters in Journalism degree from University of British Columbia (UBC) , School of Journalism.
Faiza found her journalistic roots in 1998 when she got published for the first time in TIME magazine.
Her journalistic endeavors led her to become the Senior Editor for BioSynergy magazine. BioSynergy is an international student-run magazine originating from Harvard-MIT and the University of Toronto focusing on life sciences.
Faiza is also associated with SAGE Magazine at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
She also serves as the Deputy Vice President with the student based Journalists for Human Rights at UBC.
She worked as the Community Editor for Asian American Newsweekly, a Houston, Texas based paper published simultaneously from Canada and United States. Faiza is the Bureau Chief for Vancouver for the publication. She was also associated with the Radio Station 1180 AM KGOL from Houston, Texas.
Faiza earned a First Class Honours degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University (SFU) , Burnaby, British Columbia. Her published thesis “An Evaluation of Ethnic Media and Audiences in British Columbia” explored multicultural audiences through focus groups and qualitative research methods.
She researched on Ethnic communities with the team at Centre for Policy Studies on Culture & Communities and the Multi-Media Monitoring Lab under supervision of Catherine Murray, Communication and Public Policy Professor at SFU. This culminated in a collaborative report “Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Media in BC” for the Department of Canadian Heritage Western Region.
Faiza is currently working with the BC Government’s funded Wash With Care project as Research Coordinator.
Faiza’s graduate work focuses on multi-ethnic, inter-cultural marriages in Canada. Her thesis “Colors of Love- Mixed Unions in Canada” is a multi-media study on mixed marriages and the effects on future generations.
Community Investment is a passion and very close to Faiza’s heart. She was the Campaign Chair for United Way- Western Canada region raising impressive funds on behalf of CIBC. She has been an ongoing Volunteer Champion for United Way, CBCF Run for the Cure, BC Children’s hospital, and Miracle Day.
She represented CIBC to support Women’s health and is an actively contributing member of Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Faiza has been an active member of Canadian Red Cross and maintains AED/ First Aid /CPR licensing.
Faiza was part of a team of ten reporters who were awarded scholarships from “The Mindset Foundation” culminating in the documentary “Cheap Shrimp, Hidden Costs” from a year long investigation on Shrimp farming in Thailand.
The globetrotting Faiza calls herself a traveloholic and thinks chocolate is food from heaven. Visit Faiza’s blog