Saskatoon Morning has been your local CBC Radio One morning show on 94.1 FM and at cbc.ca/saskatoon for almost three years now!

Julianne Hazlewood will be our host of Saskatoon Morning while Leisha Grebinski is on maternity leave for the next year. We caught up with her to find out more about her off-air. Check out our Q&A below.

Q&A with Julianne Hazlewood

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1. What do you love about Saskatoon?

The friendliness of the city is amazing. When you walk down the street, people say hello and smile. That's not something you find everywhere! I've spoken to so many people who say they had lived out of province for years, but always missed the warmth of people back home.

The city is also so beautiful and vibrant. I love waking up Saturday morning and going for a run along the river. There are so many cool coffee shops to then sit and people watch with the paper (and my CBC podcasts! I'm a bit obsessed with radio). 

I love good food, so Saskatoon is the perfect place to be on that front. There are so many new restaurants I'm excited to try.

2. What stories are you hoping to tell?

This sounds pretty simple, but I look forward to telling the stories that matter to people in Saskatoon. I want to tell a range of stories with different voices from all communities in the city.

3. What were you doing before this?

I worked as a video journalist for CBC in Fredericton, New Brunswick. That means I would film, edit, report and write my own stories. I also anchored the news on the morning show, so I do have some experience getting up really, really early. 

Before moving to the Maritimes, I worked as a journalist at CBC's parliamentary bureau. I was a producer and writer on Power & Politics, but I also did some radio reporting.

4. What has surprised you most about this city?

I've been surprised at how many people are in the same boat as me. I've met a lot of people from different parts of Canada who also recently moved to Saskatoon. It's interesting to see how the city continues to attract people from across the country.

5. What are your hobbies?

I couldn't wait to check out the market when I arrived. I love local markets and cooking with the freshest ingredients I can find. 

I'm a city girl, but I feel most grounded when I'm in nature. So I really enjoy hiking, running, swimming and kayaking.

I was a bit of a choir nerd growing up, and I still love singing. I also love performing in community theatre and playing the piano when I get a chance!

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6. What are you passionate about? 

Family, friends and community. When it comes to community, one of the best things I've ever done is get involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters. For the past couple of years, I've spent most weekends on adventures with my little sister Brooklyn. She loves to bake, so we've made endless batches of chocolate chip cookies! 

7. What's the #1 thing on your to do list when you're here?

This may sound strange for anybody who knows me and is reading this, but I really want to watch some live sports games. I'm not a huge sports buff, but we are in Rider nation. I will be catching some Riders/Rush/Huskies games as soon as I can.

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8. What did people warn you about Saskatoon? 

They told me to pack my parka and wool socks. I was known as the person in the newsroom who would continually turn up the thermostat, so colleagues kept saying "it's really cold there, you know that right?"  But so far I'm embracing the weather.  I'm a big fan of snowshoeing and keeping warm with a big mug of tea, so I think the winter and I will get along just fine.

9. What inspired you to choose a career as a journalist? 

I remember standing on stage in front of the whole school as a 12-year-old, pretending to water ski. It was part of my speech on the history of the sport and how I could never get up on a pair of skis (I'm not very coordinated!). It sounds like a potentially dull subject, but that moment felt like one of the most thrilling of my life. 

I was a shy kid, but I loved to write and tell stories. I remember winning the speech competition and realizing the power of a good story. The creativity of storytelling and the idea of spending my days learning about different people seemed pretty alluring.

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10. Tell us about your journey here?

I packed up all my worldly belongings, squeezed my stuff into my tiny hatchback and drove from New Brunswick to Saskatoon. It took me six days and many, many cups of coffee. Thankfully I had a co-pilot for most of the trip. I picked up my mum in Ottawa and we drove the rest of the way together. 

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One of the best stops was Thunder Bay. It was my first time visiting the city. I finally got to meet my mum's cousins and my 95-year-old great auntie Stella. She told me about growing up in Togo, just east of Yorkton. Even though she has lived in Thunder Bay for most of her life, she still considers Saskatchewan home. She told me it's the best place in Canada, hands down.

Share your opinions and chat with Julianne each morning on facebook.com/cbcsaskatoon and on twitter at @JHazlewoodCBC.