Jason Turnbull (BJ) is the host and producer of CBC Radio's Points North program. He has worked at CBC since graduating from King's College, Halifax. In 2009, he won the RTNDA Peter Gzowski Award for his work. He volunteers his time and talent with numerous community organizations. He enjoys martial arts, music, reading and travelling.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I grew up in a small mining town in Cape Breton where people had to work hard in the coal mines to make ends meet. That was a big influence.
Q: If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
A: Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest people to ever live and was able to shine though discrimination and inspire people. He's also the author of one of my favourite quotes. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Q: What do you enjoy about living in Northern Ontario?
A: Even in the middle of the city, I'm 20 minutes away from a lake, hiking trail, and the outdoors.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: At five I wanted to be a garbage collector because they got to hang on to the back of a truck and ride around town. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian, then sports therapist, then a teacher. After realizing I had a wide range of interests, journalism seemed like a natural choice.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: The little things...jumping in a lake in the summer, or relaxing with friends at porketta bingo during the winter months.