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:
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan also congratulated her:
Massa told Newstalk 1010 although she received some hateful comments after the broadcast, she emphasized the response has been "overwhelmingly" positive.
Massa shared a short segment from her broadcast on her Facebook page, which you can watch below.
"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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