A familiar face and veteran broadcaster on Vancouver Island is returning to CHEK News.
Scott Fee, CHEK’s former News Director as well as a former anchor and reporter at the station, has been hired to produce and anchor CHEK’s weekend newscast.
Longtime CHEK viewers may remember Fee as the anchor of CHEK’s flagship newscast in the late 2000s.
Fee was at the desk in September 2009, one of the more memorable broadcasts in CHEK’s history, when he delivered the news to Vancouver Island that CHEK employees had purchased the station, making it North America’s first and only employee-owned television station.
Between 2006 and 2012, Fee held several positions at CHEK, including anchor of the weekend newscast, a role he’s now returning to 17 years later.
“It’s such a privilege to have this opportunity. Very few chances in life come around where you can share people’s stories from the community you live in and love,” says Fee.
In 2012, Fee left Vancouver Island to anchor at Global Calgary, but returned to CHEK as the station’s News Director in 2019, a position he held until 2023.
After a brief break from the news industry, Fee returns to CHEK to lead and expand Vancouver Island’s only live weekend newscast.
“CHEK is more than just another newsroom. The people who work at the station are dedicated to their craft and the community and because of that there’s a real connection between CHEK and Vancouver Island. Being able to once again work alongside the CHEK staff is one of the biggest draws for me,” Fee says.
Fee will join Tess van Straaten who will continue to deliver the weekend weather forecast as well as her weekly segment Pet CHEK, which has helped hundreds of rescue animals find homes on Vancouver Island.
“Scott is an award-winning broadcaster, a leader in the newsroom, and an experienced journalist who understands the issues affecting Vancouver Island. His knowledge of local news and his fresh ideas will immediately make our weekend newscasts stronger,” says CHEK News Director Joe Perkins.
Fee replaces Hannah Lepine who left CHEK in December to return home to Calgary to be closer to her family.
When he’s not in the newsroom, Fee enjoys spending time on his boat off the shores of his home in Esquimalt, walking his three dogs with his husband, and combing the many beaches up and down Vancouver Island.
Fee’s first weekend newscast will be Saturday, Jan. 13.