Fayola KJ Fraser
A reader, writer, and storyteller, Ryan Bachoo is the Lead Editor–Newsgathering, and co-anchor for the 7 pm news on CNC3. As a multimedia journalist, his responsibilities include setting the daily agenda for the news, generating story ideas, producing human interest features, and presenting the morning show/prime time news. In his family of five, among his three siblings, his sister was pinpointed to be a budding journalist during their childhood. However, as she chose a different career path, Bachoo emerged and went on to study journalism.
Growing up in a “small, clustered vacuum town” where everything is close-knit influenced Bachoo’s perspective, style, and delivery of his media products. Being from a small town stimulated his imagination, and gave him the opportunity to envision even the smallest occurrences as stories untold. As a child and a young man, he was encouraged by his parents to develop his imagination even further by reading books by Naipaul, Michael Anthony, and Sam Selvon bringing his lived environment to life. Remembering specifically that his father insisted he read Michael Anthony’s, “The Year In San Fernando” which details the life of a 12-year-old boy spending a year in the city working with a family, he remembers vividly the vibrance of Anthony’s storytelling immortalising and breathing life into the very city he came from.
Bachoo has had a variety of part-time roles in the media, as a Commonwealth Correspondent, and a Social Media Communications Officer at Cricket West Indies, and in addition to his present role as Lead Editor at CNC3, he also anchors in the Sports Desk. While studying Journalism and Public Relations at the Ken Gordon School of Journalism, he began dropping off his resume to various media houses, and instead of waiting and hoping for a callback, he himself called them to get feedback. “I called CNC3 every single day using the free phone line, 800-CNC3,” he laughingly remembers, “I think they eventually got annoyed and told me to come in.”
Remembering his first day at CNC3 in 2010, a memorable date ingrained in his mind, on July 27, he walked into the newsroom at only 20 years old. He was invited as an unpaid intern at the station for one month and worked on the upcoming Local Government Elections. The rest of his career story was already etched in the history books, as he worked hard under Sampson Nanton for the month, and was invited to return as a journalist, never working for any other media house.
Most of Bachoo’s interests have remained the same since his childhood. He is a passionate sport fan and grew up in a family that loved sport. He played football, and cricket and ran track & field, which set the foundation for his work on the Sport Desk. His reading and writing which were encouraged by his father during his childhood remain some of his favourite activities, and he cites West Indian Fiction as his preferred genre of novel. Bachoo also credits his deep, profound spirituality as “an important pillar of my life, and a guiding light to everything I seek to achieve for myself”.
In retrospect, Bachoo’s upbringing along with his consistent application of his dogged determination have been major keys to his successful career in the media. He has had significant highlights in his career, such as reporting for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on non-communicable diseases, reporting for the China International Publishing Group on “China in the 21st century”, and serving as the Voice Talent for Atlantic LNG Sporting Events since 2019. Bachoo commiserates fondly over these accomplishments but ensures he continues to achieve and evolve. He has recently been named the winner of the award for Best Caribbean Documentary Programme at the Caribbean Broadcasting Union Awards in Antigua for his documentary, “Concordat” about the struggle between race, power, and religion.
After 13 years at CNC3, Bachoo has not only developed as a writer, reporter, and anchor, but has continued to curate the reality he always dreamed of. The irony is never lost on him that he begged for his chance to work at the station, but never walked back out after that first day. Moving quickly through the ranks from intern to reporter, to producer, to anchor at the station, he has been able to leave an indelible mark on CNC3 and bring the newscast to viewers with his uniquely refined touch and the imagination and creativity of his small-town boyhood.