Wendy Mesley: Wading through the Undercurrents
(CBC Still Photo Collection)Wendy Mesley
is an awarding-winning journalist who has covered many of the big political stories that have occurred in our country since the late-1970s.
Mesley began her career in broadcast journalism in 1976 as a radio reporter in Toronto. She moved to television in 1979, first with CTV in Montreal before rejoining CBC as the legislative reporter for local news and The National
based in Quebec City. During a six-year period she covered Quebec's first referendum on sovereignty and some of the most fascinating politicians of our times, including Jean Drapeau, Robert Bourassa, Jacques Parizeau, Rene Levesque and Pierre Trudeau.
In 1985, Mesley moved to Ottawa as a parliamentary correspondent for The National
. During this intensely political time, Mesley reported on such stories as the battles over free trade, the GST and Meech Lake. She was also a frequent contributor to CBC Television's Sunday Report
panel and eventually became the show's anchor.
In 1994, Mesley helped create and hosted the Gemini Award-winning program, Undercurrents
. The picture above was used in Undercurrents
promo material in the 1990s. The program examined the media/marketing world and ran for six seasons, through to 2001. The weekly show was relevant, intelligent, fast-paced a fearless - bringing the traditional hard reporting of a current affairs show to media culture.
Mesley has also served as co-host of Marketplace
and Test the Nation
. She is known for her energy, tenacity and wit on-screen and while conducting interviews.
Currently, Mesley hosts CBC Television's flagship news program The National
on Sunday evenings, and contributes regularly throughout the week.
Mesley has won three Gemini Awards for her work on Marketplace
also won a Gemini for Best Information Program and garnered a Gold Medal for Best Magazine Format at the New York Festival's International Television Awards. She was honoured in 2006 with the John Drainie Award, for her contribution to Canadian broadcasting.
Posted on Aug 15, 2011 6:00:00 AM