September 21, 1962 |
|Years active||1989 - 2010|
|Awards||Best of festival, Canpro / Best New Series, RTNDA|
Barbara Joan Higgins (born September 21, 1962 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former newscaster and journalist for Calgary CTV station CFCN-TV. A news journalist for 26 years, she stepped down from her job as a CFCN news anchor to enter the Calgary mayoral election on July 23, 2010. Higgins stated she could not stay neutral as a journalist and decided to run for mayor.
After graduation from Ross Sheppard High School, Higgins enrolled in Business Administration at NAIT. Following two years of study in Business Administration, she transferred to Radio and Television Arts at NAIT. Higgins worked in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan with both CBC and CTV affiliates. She moved to Calgary in March 1989.
- Winner of the ‘Best of Festival’ at CanPro, and ‘Most Inspirational’ at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association for the Documentary Running on Empty.
- Won ‘Best News Series’ from the Radio and Television News Directors Association for the 3-part series on Calgary firefighter Greg McDougal’s battle with the Workers Compensation Board.
2010 mayoralty election
On June 23, 2010, Higgins announced her intention to run as a candidate for mayor in the 2010 Calgary civic election to be held that October. She subsequently described herself as a fiscal conservative with a heart. Her campaign rhetoric has centred on setting the tone at City Hall and empowering civic employees to develop solutions to address Calgary's $60-million budget shortfall. On October 14, 2010, Higgins challenged reporter Mike McCourt of CKAL-TV about his controversial interview style.
- "CTV Calgary- Barb Higgins running for mayor - CTV News". Calgary.ctv.ca. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
- CANCER CARE NEWS Archived August 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- "calgary.ctv.ca - Calgary news from CTV". Ctv.ca. Archived from the original on 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
- Calgary Herald August 6, 2010. "Higgins joins race; says she's a fiscal conservative with 'social heart'". Calgaryherald.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
- Canada. "Veteran news anchor Barb Higgins enters race to become Calgary mayor". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
- "City of Calgary, 2010 General Election Official Results" (PDF). City of Calgary. 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2015.