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Sharlene Chiu (born October 6 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a television reporter, host, and producer. Sharlene is most known as a Reporter/Producer on MTV News Canada and Host/Producer/Creator of SHARLENE VS.
Sharlene graduated from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program in 2005, where she studied broadcast journalism, documentary, and television production. She was awarded the John Webb Graham Q.C. Rogers Multicultural Scholarship- based on ethnocultural background, academic proficiency and career aspirations. While at Ryerson, Sharlene DJ'd a show on British music at the campus radio station.
Before starting MTV News Canada, Sharlene helped launch MTV Canada in 2006, and worked behind-the-scenes as a Segment Producer for MTV Live. This included producing a music segment that ran on the show called On the Radar, where Sharlene established an exceptional reputation for selecting and featuring new independent bands.
Sharlene introduced MTV News to Canada as a weekly segment on the original hour long version of MTV Live. The regular segment featured Sharlene traveling around the world reporting on music trends and covering festivals such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Osheaga, V Festival, and T in the Park. Her coverage from the South by Southwest and Austin City Limits festivals aired as half-hour specials on MTV Canada. Sharlene has conducted in-depth interviews with over 250 artists, including Coldplay, Rihanna, Kings of Leon, Oasis,[not in citation given]Pharrell Williams, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Adele, The Strokes, Feist, Fucked Up, Wyclef Jean, and Cee Lo Green. Notably, Sharlene's interview with M.I.A., during the release of Kala, where the artist had just returned from humanitarian work in Liberia and Australia, ran on multiple MTV networks including MTV Australia, Germany, UK, and Sweden. Sharlene also memorably surprised Adele with a video message from her former BRIT School teacher, resulting in an emotional interview filled with tears and laughter.[not in citation given]
In February 2010, after winning the Travel Journalism Award presented by VisitBritain  for her special, MTV News Pounds Britain, Sharlene created SHARLENE VS., an MTV News music travel series that takes viewers beyond where the tourists go. In each city, Sharlene meets artists of all kinds from music to fashion to food who take Sharlene under their helm, showing off unique, off-the-beaten-track spots that are uniquely special to them. Stick with Sharlene and you'll discover the inside tips that you can't find in any travel book. Cities explored in SHARLENE VS. include Copenhagen, Lyon, Austin, Hong Kong London, and Lisbon, and aired in prime-time on MTV Canada.