About The Hosts


Carol Off

With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has covered Canadian military missions around the world including its latest combat operation in Kandahar.

Her award-winning documentaries include: "Fatwas and Beauty Queens", the story of a young Nigerian woman journalist who fled into exile when her article on a Miss World Pageant was deemed blasphemous; "Of Crimes and Courage", the story of a child who survived the massacre of her family in Kosovo and then went on to personally hunt down the killers; "In the Company of War Lords", the story of Washington's complicity with Afghanistan's most murderous criminals; "Playing with Fire," about the anti-Indian movement in North America; "Children of Chernobyl", the story of Cuba's medical therapy program for child victims of the Chernobyl disaster; "Flight from Bosnia", an investigation into war criminals who found safe haven in Canada's refugee system; and "Thou Shalt Not Kill", a profile of religious extremists who kill abortion doctors.

Carol Off's coverage of the post-war reconstruction of the Balkans and the war crimes trial for Yugoslavia led her to write the best-selling book, The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and another national best-seller on the war in Croatia, The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada's Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award in 2005. Her most recent book, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet, chronicles the international cocoa industry and the machinations behind Big Chocolate.

Carol Off was an arts reporter for CBC Stereo in the early 1980s, when she also wrote for several periodicals. She was the CBC Ottawa correspondent for Sunday Morning in the late 1980s covering the Canada/USA Free Trade Agreement, the Meech Lake Accord, the founding of the Reform Party and the re-election of Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives. She then became CBC Radio's National Reporter for the Province of Quebec where she covered among other stories the Bloc Quebecois, the Montreal massacre, the Oka crisis and several election campaigns.

Carol Off has won numerous awards for television and radio work, among them: a Gemini; two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a selected screening at the Monte Carlo Television Festival; several awards and citations from the Columbia Television awards; a Gabriel award; a B'nai Brith Award and number of awards and citation from the National Radio and Television Association.

She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. She lives and works in Toronto.

Jeff Douglas

As it Happens co-host Jeff Douglas brings a wealth of experience to CBC Radio One. He has hosted the award-winning documentary series Ancestors in the Attic (History, Global),chronicling the stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences.

Douglas has travelled across the country and back in time exploring the lives of the common worker throughout Canadian history in Working Over Time (History Television) as well as starring in the documentary series Things That Move (History Television/National Geographic Canada), investigating the triumphs and failures of invention and how machines have changed our lives. More recently, he starred in Making History (National Geographic), an internationally broadcast four-part series exploring and re-creating significant historic places and events.

Douglas also hosted the 161 country-wide live broadcast of Jetman Live (National Geographic), a live television event showcasing adventurer Yves Rossy's attempt to be the first person to fly across the English Channel using a jet pack.

With a background in narration, storytelling and considerable experience in theatre, Jeff Douglas's dynamic personality has allowed him to tackle the most obscure and interesting situations ranging from mushing dogs in Yukon to leaping out of planes with 442 Squadron search and rescue personnel.

Jeff Douglas has won numerous awards for his work including three Gemini nominations. He is also a Kari Award recipient for his popular commercial work, which includes playing Joe Canadian in the now legendary "I Am Canadian" campaign.

Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Douglas currently lives and works in Toronto.