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Carrie Doll

big city career, hometown values

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arrie Doll, 46, originally from Fairview, AB, has always thrived in the spotlight. Her career as a journalist and news anchor took her to newsrooms in Texas, Saskatchewan and throughout Alberta. She is most well-known for her long-standing position with CTV News Edmonton, co-anchoring with Daryl McIntyre. Although she has spent much of the last 20 years in the public eye, she treasures family and community above all— values she attributes to her upbringing in Northern Alberta. “My roots will forever define who I am. They taught me some of the most important lessons, and those lessons will carry me through life,” said Doll.

Small Town Roots Doll is the youngest of ten children who grew up on a farm near Fairview, a community where “everybody knew 44

everybody,” said Doll. The Doll household was active and busy. With only one television and no other “technology,” they learned to entertain themselves and spent a great deal of time outdoors—whether it was maintaining the family’s large garden and yard or having some good old-fashioned fun with the neighbours. “Christmases were magical. We never had a lot of money—we only got one gift, and we never got stockings. We would go to midnight mass, and if anyone at church didn’t have a place to spend Christmas, we would have them over for a meal afterwards. On Boxing Day, we would go sledding and ride around to the neighbouring farms on a wagon behind the tractor singing carols. It was kind of storybook that way,” said Doll. Doll remembers working hard to have her voice heard in such a busy family, which often earned her

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a timeout in the corner. However, those values of hard work, family togetherness and giving back to the community have remained a vital part of her life.

College Bound Doll has always had a natural affinity for public speaking, winning every competition she entered as a child. She claims she has a special gene—public speaking never fazed her. Despite that, when she headed to the University of Calgary (U of C) in 1989, her original plan was to get a degree in psychology. “I took one psychology course and, with all due respect to the profession, I was bored to tears,” said Doll. That year, she tried several other courses as diverse as anthropology and physical education, but nothing hit the mark. Discouraged, she took the summer to do some soul searching. She realized

that whatever she chose would need to play to her strengths. Two other requisites were working with a team of people and giving her fresh challenges every day. “Broadcasting came up like a flashing neon sign,” said Doll. She enrolled in Communication Studies at the U of C and graduated in 1993 with a great deal of theory but no practical

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Move Up Magazine Issue 18  

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Move Up Magazine Issue 18  

In this issue: 6 Celebrity Spotlights: Peace Region in the Public Eye, The Legacy Project, It Takes A Village, GO: Mighty Peace, and more ~...

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