Join hosts Portia Clark, Mark Connolly and meteorologist Stephanie Barsby at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. every Monday to Friday for the day's top local, national and international stories along with sports updates. We bring you the stories that matter to you and your community.
Portia Clark was born in Toronto, and grew up in Nova Scotia, but has long since called Edmonton home. She graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Dalhousie University and holds a Broadcast Journalism Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Portia first began her journalism career in Halifax as a reporter, announcer and editor for CBC Radio. She has won numerous awards including the Atlantic Journalism Award she shared for the coverage of the 1999 SwissAir Disaster.
Portia first moved to Edmonton to take on a co-host position on CBC Radio One’s morning show, Edmonton AM, with current host Ron Wilson. While she loved the position, it wasn’t long before Portia was asked to try a new venture and lend her talents to the new local TV news program, Canada Now (now known as CBC News: Edmonton). Since that time, Portia has become a valued member of the team, both hosting the nightly newscast and following/writing stories that matter to Edmontonians. Portia is also actively involved in local community events and charities and can be often seen hosting a local event or supporting city initiatives.
In her spare time, Portia enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, painting, and travelling.
Mark Connolly grew up in Edmonton, and in his teens actually worked at CBC as a janitor. Through this exposure to the sports department, he discovered a job that appeared to involve no work and plenty of time to attend sports events. A perfect career plan!
Mark attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Radio and Television Arts program. His first full time job was in radio in Fort McMurray Alberta, where he was the play-by-play voice of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He then worked in radio in both Red Deer and Edmonton before starting a weekend job at CBC Edmonton in December 1988, which has evolved through the years to his position today.
In his decades with CBC, Mark has covered seven Olympic games including the Beijing Olympics, numerous world championships, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Mark and his wife Alyson have two boys, Patrick and Jack.
Stephanie Barsby is CBC Edmonton’s Meteorologist. You can hear her daily on Radio Active on CBC Radio One (93.9FM/740AM) and nightly on CBC News Edmonton. She's a graduate of NAIT’s Radio and Television Arts program and completed a three-year program at Mississippi State University to become a meteorologist.
Stephanie has worked in radio and television throughout Canada including stops in Medicine Hat and Sudbury as a news reporter and radio anchor before moving to Winnipeg to become their TV weather specialist. Discovering she loved the weather, Stephanie went on to gain her Meteorology Degree before returning home to Edmonton in 2008 to join the CBC News Edmonton team. She immediately became an integral part of the CBC Edmonton team with fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and a zest for community involvement.
Stephanie, who was born in England but raised in Stony Plain, is thrilled to be back home with her studio “office” and view of beautiful downtown Edmonton. Stephanie has two children, daughter Alyssa and son Lincoln.