About Us

Loop News is the number one source for Caribbean-wide, local and global content. We provide the best coverage of news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business, community and events.

With our dedicated team of journalists working locally in each market, we strive to bring all the breaking and most up-to-date coverage from a team you can trust.

Loop News launched in April 2014 and quickly grew to have teams in six markets across the Caribbean: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Haiti, Cayman and St Lucia. And in 2020 we launched the newest website in the Loop family – Loop Caribbean!

We became the Caribbean’s number one news app in the Google Play store and Apple App store within two months of launch, and with more than 1 million downloads, Loop News is still the number 1 today!

 

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.