About Us

Loop is the number one source for Caribbean-wide local, regional and global content providing the best coverage of news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business, community and events. With our trusted team of journalists working locally in each market, we strive to bring you all the breaking and most up-to-date coverage of events, from a team you can trust.

With over 970,000 downloads to date, Loop currently provides content for 16 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific.

Caribbean news has never been so social with Loop’s social and article commenting features meaning users can read, share and shape the stories as they happen. Available on the web and with apps for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone, users can access Loop anytime, anywhere and can get involved by posting stories, videos and photos.

Loop launched in April 2014 in its first three markets (Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Curacao) on operating systems for BB, Android and iOS devices as well as on the web. It became the Caribbean’s number one news app in the Google Play store and Apple App store within two months of launch. Loop now provides local news in Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Cayman, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu.

 

Meet Our News Team

 

Renaldo Gilkes

An educator by profession with an adoring passion for journalism, Renaldo studied Mass Communication and was a sub-editor for the Barbados Community College’s newspaper, "The Wallpaper".

From 2004 until 2017, he was the official football correspondent for the Nation Newspaper, covering local and international events, before moving to Loop News.

Being a sportsman, Renaldo was naturally inclined to be interested in that area but his interest in journalism was spurred by the images painted in the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Daily Mirror, which he reads to follow the Premier League.

He has also been a pundit for the last three FIFA World Cups.

Rosemary Forde

Rosemary Forde is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist who studied Mass Communication at Barbados Community College.

Since starting with Loop News as an Intern in 2016, she has grown leaps and bounds in the media field covering Reggae Festivals, Hennessy Artistry, events and more.

Rosemary also has a passion for cooking which led her to pursue a Diploma in Home Economics at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology.

Christina K Smith

Christina jumped feet first into the field of journalism armed with the belief that sharing a person’s story can bring about change. She is experienced in radio, online and print media and over the last five years she has developed a preference for stories related to crime and politics.

Ryan [Omar] Gilkes

Ryan has been involved in journalism in Barbados for close to two decades.

The Lodge School Old Scholar has a 'soft spot' for stories which focus on Health and the Environment, issues relating to children's rights and also Culture. In his downtime, Ryan can be found shooting the breeze with his sons, Jacobi, 16 and Jaden, 13.

Kerri Gooding

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Becoming Country Content Manager of Loop News Barbados at 30 was an unexpected highlight in Kerri’s otherwise haphazard journey into the world of journalism. Not being an avid reader as a child, but rather a lover of numbers, she stumbled into a BA in Linguistics and Psychology with a minor in Special Education (Hons) and joined Barbados' oldest media house, Barbados Advocate back in 2000. Kerri wrote for both Barbados Advocate and the Grenada Advocate along with the media house's other publications - Homemakers, Heat Magazine, and Hello! Magazine. May 2019 marked nine years in media and, aside from her day-to-day commitment to breaking news, community, lifestyle and entertainment, Kerri has discovered a love of communications, public relations and exploring social media management.

Asha Cumberbatch

Asha Cumberbatch is a freelance journalist for Loop News. She greatly enjoys writing lifestyle stories. She takes interest in giving a voice to the youth of Barbados. You can follow her on IG @ashamarei, on Twitter @ashamareii or on LinkedIn @Asha Cumberbatch if you have a story to be heard.

Linda Branch

Linda Branch, a Loop News freelance contributor, is a communicator who loves to write creative content that will connect, build awareness and inspire.

Linda, who was born in Barbados and grew up in New Jersey, USA, has extensive experience as a journalist getting her start at her university newspaper and then professionally at The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey. She subsequently branched out to other adventures in life contributing her writing, photojournalism, and communications talent to other North American and Caribbean print and online media. Linda has also worked for non-profits in the performing arts and heritage sectors, and commercial companies utilizing her experience in development and philanthropy, and events planning, marketing and sponsorship. Linda has a BA in Literature, with her studies including mass communication and art history, from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Katrina King

Katrina King is a freelance writer who plans on someday overcoming her fear of heights by visiting the Burj Khalifa.

She has previously written for Barbados Today and Island Signatures Magazine. Her specialities are entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and wellness. Always up for a good conversation and a good time, you can find her wherever mimosas are being served.