Award-winning Gleaner journalist, Janet Silvera switched gears after 10 years with the Jamaica Tourist Board, to pursue journalism in 1993. Within months of being at The Gleaner, they saw her potential as a writer after she penned her first published article ‘It’s ok to have two men’. This article brought her a lot of attention and the rest is history.
Today, Janet Silvera is a household name, known for her intense reporting of news stories but also her willingness to go behind the veil and uncover hidden truths and bring them to light. A Senior Writer, she is also the co-ordinator of the exciting and innovative bi-monthly tourism trade publication Hospitality Jamaica.
Miss Silvera was named the Press Association of Jamaica ‘News Journalist of the Year’ 2009, for the thought-provoking piece ‘Dad Raped Us’ and the 2006 American Express/Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) awardee for Excellence in Tourism Reporting. The many acknowledgements of her outstanding service both locally and internationally, are a testament to the achievements of this giant in the tourism industry.
She was recently featured on Travel Channel International's 'It's a Woman's World', a brand-new series that immerses viewers into the lives of interesting and inspiring women who live and work in some of the most fascinating places on Earth. Janet was selected by the show's producer, Julia Cornes, whose research revealed that she was not only Jamaica's Best News Journalist for 2009, but also president of the Western Jamaica Media Association, a dynamic and certified events manager, and a woman dedicated to promoting Jamaica's tourism.
In the last five years she has centred her attention on Climate Change and its effect on the environment. She is president of the Western Jamaica Media Association (WJMA), a director of the Press Association of Jamaica, has served on the board of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kiwanis Club of Providence.
In January 2011, Janet Silvera and best friend of 25 years, Dollis Campbell, joined forces with Kingston’s Millicent Lynch to form Distinctly Dynamic Event Services. Their foray saw them hosting the inaugural, Kingston Pon Di River, literary, arts and music festival at Boone Hall Oasis, Stony Hill.