As a Reporter for CP24, Arda Zakarian is passionate about telling stories that matter to Torontonians. Since joining CP24 in 2014, she has covered everything from sports, festivals, crime, politics and breaking news. She thoroughly enjoys going out in the field not knowing what the day will bring and meeting people from all walks of life. It's both a pleasure and a big responsibility to inform Torontonians on what they need to know before they begin their day.
Zakarian began in television at 19 years of age as host of OMNI's weekly Armenian television program NOR HAI HORIZON. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from York University, Zakarian went on to get a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University. She taught grades 4, 5 and 8 for two years. She then reprised her role as a student and earned a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from Humber College. Here, she helped her school win an award for best television and radio interview in North America.
Prior to joining CP24, Zakarian was a video journalist, anchor, radio newsreader and weather specialist at CBC Windsor.
Along the way, she's completed internships at Sesame Street in New York City, Voice of America in Washington D.C., Fashion Television, and CBC Toronto.
In her personal time, Zakarian is a lifelong volunteer. She is a proud Torontonian and is very active in the Armenian community. She has hosted many different events throughout the city like Sip, Shop & Celebrate Women – a fundraiser for The Scarborough Hospital Foundation; Taste of the Danforth, Pomegranate Film Festival, Bollywood Monster Mashup, the Ted Rogers Management conference with Ryerson students, an International Young Professionals conference, and a variety of performances. Zakarian has devoted many years to Scouts Canada, an organization she has been a part of for most of her life. She also loves to travel, box, and cherishes time with her family and friends, especially her brother who serves in the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax.