Covering everything from medical breakthroughs to fitness trends and inspiring people, Su-Ling Goh brings a passion for health and science to Global Edmonton as its award-winning Health Matters reporter. Su-Ling began her career in 1997 as a writer and videographer at A-Channel Edmonton (now Citytv). She later moved to Calgary to become an entertainment reporter. For six years, Su-Ling hosted “Inside Entertainment”, a national entertainment show on Global.
She covered some of the world’s most glamourous red carpet events and interviewed Hollywood stars, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise. Highlights include walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, and chasing down U2′s Bono at the Grammys.
In 2006, Su-Ling was happy to return to her hometown to join Global Edmonton. She was also thrilled to return to her scientific roots (she has a Bachelor of Science degree with Specialization in Zoology from the University of Alberta).
Su-Ling describes being the Health Reporter as the “best job in the world” – meeting inspiring people every day keeps things in perspective for her. “It’s hard to be down about anything in my life when I’ve just finished interviewing a young mom battling ovarian cancer, or a teenaged amputee,” she says. She is a regular emcee for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, the Mayor’s Awards for Persons with Disabilities, and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
In 2013, Su-Ling was honoured by the Canadian Medical Association for Excellence in Health Reporting. The national award was for her powerful two-part series on assisted suicide. In 2008 and 2009, she was honoured by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTDNA) – winning the Prairie Regional Award for Best Short Feature for her story about a family’s struggle to deal with the loss of one of their twin baby boys, and the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award for her story about a ballet class for kids with severe disabilities.
The RTDNA also gave her an Honourable Mention for her report on sexual education for people with disabilities. In 2004, Su-Ling won a Horizon Award from the University of Alberta Alumni Association. She has also received media awards from the Alberta Rehabilitation Coordinating Council and the Kidney Foundation.
Featured in the November 2016 issue of the U of A’s Gateway Magazine, Su-Ling Goh reveals her likes and dislikes:
- My favourite emoji is: Poo. When there are no words, that little guy comes in handy.
- The background photo on my cell phone is: My son, laughing his head off.
- The last thing I Googled was: “Hogwarts houses”
- If I were to change professions, I would be a(n): Lawyer, if I had the brains and tenacity.
- The greatest challenge of my career has been: Deciding when to make the next career move. But each step has worked out well so far! (Knock on wood.)
- The thing I remember most about being a student is: Dissecting the cat and shark in second-year Zoology class. Someone took the shark’s eyeball and hid it in our friend’s pencil case.
- One piece of advice I’d give a current student is: Studying is very important, but so is socializing. Find the balance – both for stress reduction and for making connections. The people you meet on campus could one day be your co-workers or even your employers.
- I’d rather: Have to say what’s on my mind at all times than never be able to speak again.
- My pop culture best friend would be: Barb from Stranger Things. She really got the short end of that stick
- The worst job I’ve ever had was: I’ve had several jobs in the restaurant industry, all of which involved getting covered in other people’s food.
- The game show I would be best at is: Family Feud. Smacking a button + yelling = my forte.
- On the day I graduated, I wish I’d known: That life would take a different direction. But that would be a good thing. I was a bit lost after completing my BSc; I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Eventually I took a big leap of faith and enrolled in a broadcasting program
- I prefer: Sushi over noodles
- My favourite city is: Edmonton. Really! Most of the people I love live here. What more could I want?
- The one habit I’m trying to break is: Facebook. It’s a time-sucker.
- The last book I read was: I’m reading Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman. I keep waiting for something huge to happen, but I guess that’s non-fiction for ya.
- The most defining moment in my career was: When I won an award for a report I did on a special ballet class for kids with disabilities. I realized I was good at telling those kinds of stories, and they needed to be shared.
- The one way I have changed for the better is: I’m a lot more empathetic than I was in my 20s.
- I started feeling like a grown-up when: I bought my first home.
- The daily habit that contributes to my success is: Coffee. (I bet you get that answer a lot, don’t you?)
- After I die, I want to be remembered for: Leaving quality offspring behind, making people laugh, making people feel loved.
- My preferred Hogwarts house is: Ravenclaw
- My first job after graduation was: Serving at Earl’s on Campus.
- The item I never leave the house without is: My wallet.
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