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About the Host

Rita Celli is the host of Ontario Today, heard weekdays across Ontario on CBC Radio One. 
A child of Italian immigrants, she studied journalism at Carleton University while working on Parliament Hill as a page and doing communications for a Member of Parliament.
Rita began her on-air career with CBC Radio in Sudbury before moving to CBC Ottawa in 1994. A veteran journalist, she has hosted a number of radio and television programs, and earned several awards. 

Known for her journalistic integrity and personal warmth, Rita has also taken a shine to live theatre. She played the role of Chorus in Third Wall's 2009 production of Henry V. An Ottawa reviewer called her performance as Nora "brilliantly funny" in a production of Norm Foster's 'Wrong for Each Other.'
Half a million listeners tune into Ontario Today. It is the only news and current affairs phone-in program that gets people talking all over the province.