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Robyn Bresnahan Robyn Bresnahan | 13:13 UK time, Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Robyn by Big Ben

I always get a good laugh when people hear me on air and email in to ask where I'm from.


Maybe it's the last name, but I've been mistaken for being Irish, American - even Polish.

In actual fact, I grew up in the foothills of Calgary, Canada. I don't say "aboot" but do certainly fall into the national stereotype of loving snow and anything with maple syrup.

I made my presenting debut on World Have Your Say from New Orleans in 2010 where I spent a month reporting on the toll the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was taking on fishing families.

It was one of the most rewarding assignments of my career.

Robyn with Doctor John

Growing up in a family of jazz and blues lovers, it also led to my most star struck moment as a journalist. While covering a protest against BP in Jackson Square, I found myself interviewing the legendary Dr John. I nearly fell down with excitement.

Before joining the BBC, I was a journalist with the CBC in Canada.

My most (un)memorable moment happened while reporting from the Calgary Stampede festival and rodeo. As I was recording an interview, an 80-pound teepee pole fell on my head and knocked me unconscious.

My tape kept rolling throughout the whole incident and it's become famous within the CBC.

It's a horrible listen. When my husband first heard it, he turned a pale shade of green, gave me a giant hug and thanked the stars I wasn't more seriously hurt.

Outside of the office, I'm a food fanatic. I write a food blog, love discovering new restaurants and taking cooking courses.

Robyn in silhouette

I've recently mastered the art of Vietnamese summer roll, Cajun chicken and an Italian ricotta cake. My sushi-making skills, however, need a little fine tuning.

I'm thrilled to be joining the team as one of the new WHYS backup presenters.

As I learned from my time in Louisiana, hearing the stories of people directly affected by events is incredibly powerful. WHYS does this like no other programme.

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