Ginella Massa didn't just take a big step forward for her career last week. She made a massive stride for diversity in Canada, too.
The CityNews reporter took the anchor seat during the network's late-night newscast on Nov. 17, becoming the first hijab-wearing journalist in Canada to do so at a major broadcaster.
Massa, who started as an on-air reporter with City last year, told Yahoo Style she was excited to be the first hijab-wearing host on a Canadian newscast, and acknowledged how long it's taken for the milestone to happen.
“It feels really amazing to be the first hijabi reporter in Canada, but I certainly hope I’m not the last," she said.
Massa received a wave of elation from fans and supporters after her newscast:
— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) November 18, 2016
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan also congratulated her:
@Ginella_M Congratulations. Very very proud of you. You make the city better and City better!— Adam Vaughan (@TOAdamVaughan) November 18, 2016
Massa told Newstalk 1010 although she received some hateful comments after the broadcast, she emphasized the response has been "overwhelmingly" positive.
Woke up bright and early to chat with John Moore on NewsTalk 1010 about dealing with hate after making headlines as the first woman in hijab to anchor a Canadian newscastPosted by Ginella Massa on Monday, November 21, 2016
Massa shared a short segment from her broadcast on her Facebook page, which you can watch below.
That's a wrap! Thankful to have opportunities like this at a time when there is so much hate and vilifying of Muslims. Looking forward to the day when it's no longer a big deal for someone who looks like me to be anchoring a newscast ✌🏾️Posted by Ginella Massa on Thursday, November 17, 2016
"Thankful to have opportunities like this at a time when there is so much hate and vilifying of Muslims," Massa wrote in the post's caption.
"Looking forward to the day when it's no longer a big deal for someone who looks like me to be anchoring a newscast."
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