On this blog, I’ll be documenting all the rad adventures that I go on while discovering new artists in music, food, and fashion around the world. Whether they are personal trips, or ones for work, you’ll find lots of photos and stories about the ridiculously talented people I meet along the way and all the info to help you plan a trip just as delicious and badass as mine.
Before starting MTV News Canada, Sharlene helped launch MTV in Canada in 2006, and worked behind-the-scenes as a Segment Producer for MTV Live. This included producing a music segment that ran on the show called On the Radar, where Sharlene established an exceptional reputation for selecting and featuring new independent bands.
Sharlene introduced MTV News to Canada as a weekly segment on the original hour long version of MTV Live. The regular segment featured Sharlene traveling around the world reporting on music trends and covering festivals such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Osheaga, V Festival, and T in the Park. Her coverage from the South by Southwest and Austin City Limits festivals aired as half-hour specials on MTV Canada. Sharlene's signature blend of her charm and approachability with remarkable research has resulted in over 250 honest and entertaining interviews with a wide range of artists, including Coldplay, Rihanna, Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Pharrell WIlliams, The Strokes, Wyclef Jean, Fucked Up, and Feist. Notably, Sharlene's candid interview with M.I.A., during the release of Kala, where the artist had just returned from humanitarian work in Liberia and Australia, ran on multiple MTV networks including MTV Australia, Germany, UK, and Sweden. Sharlene also memorably surprised Adele with a video message from her former BRIT School teacher, resulting in an emotional interview filled with tears and laughter.
After winning the 2009 Travel Journalism Award presented by VisitBritain for Best in Broadcast for her special, MTV News Pounds Britain, Sharlene created SHARLENE VS., an MTV News music travel series that takes viewers beyond where the tourists go. In each city, Sharlene meets artists of all kinds who take her under their helm, showing off unique, off-the-beaten-track spots that are special to them. Stick with Sharlene and you'll discover the inside juice that you can't find in any travel book. Cities explored in SHARLENE VS. include Copenhagen, Lyon, Austin, London, and Lisbon, and aired in prime-time on MTV Canada.
Sharlene Chiu was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and graduated from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program in 2005, where she studied broadcast journalism, documentary, and television production. She was awarded the John Webb Graham Q.C. Rogers Multicultural Scholarship- based on ethnocultural background, academic proficiency and career aspirations. While at Ryerson, Sharlene DJ'd a show on British music at the campus radio station.